The Pacers have recently fallen into a funk as they are in the midst of a tough losing streak, hoping to avoid a fifth straight loss as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Wisconsin. The Bucks, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a tough overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors. This game will mark the first of four matchups between these two ball clubs this season. The Pacers and the Bucks have battled each other a total of 191 times in the past as the Pacers won 92 games while the Bucks ended up winning 99 games.
Victor Oladipo (knee; 24.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.9 APG, 48.5 FG%, 42.3 3P%)
Glenn Robinson III (ankle)
Edmond Sumner (knee)
Al Jefferson (coach’s decision; 6.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.8 APG, 56.1 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (G-League; 1.6 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 0.0 APG, 37.5 FG%)
Jabari Parker (knee)
Mirza Teletovic (knee; 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 43.9 FG%, 46.7 3P%)
Jason Terry (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.6 APG, 33.3 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
Rashad Vaughn (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 41.7 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
D.J. Wilson (G-League; 0.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 44.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Joel Bolomboy (G-League; 1.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
The Milwaukee Bucks will start off with full control in this game as they shot sixty-two percent from the field in the first half while keeping the Indiana Pacers at fifty-five percent. Giannis Antetokounmpo got hot for 21 points on seventy-three percent shooting. He also was able to gather up six rebounds and two assists while Khris Middleton collected 16 points. Middleton ended up knocking down two three-pointers while John Henson got his hands on five defensive rebounds. 2016-2017 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon played 14 minutes off of the bench to chalk up eight points.
As for the visiting team, Lance Stephenson settled for 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Darren Collison ended up with ten points as he was able to commit 2 steals. Domantas Sabonis played the most minutes off of the bench as he lit the floor up with 14 points but it was still the Bucks who went into halftime with a 62-52 advantage.
The Wisconsin team would close things out in the last half as they outscored the Pacers, 60-49. During that huge run, Middleton would add to his scoring total as he collected 11 more points. He was able to hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter while Antetokounmpo contributed with ten points. Thon Maker played 14 minutes off of the bench as he gave ten of his own points.
On the other end of the floor, Myler Turner scored 7 seven points while collecting three rebounds. Sabonis played the most minutes off of the Indiana bench as he earned ten points but it was the Milwaukee Bucks who easily walk away with a 122-101 victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks. Domantas Sabonis would settle for a career-high 24 points, along with 2 rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
The Indiana Pacers will host Nikola Mirotic (18.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 50 FG%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-24) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This game will mark the fourth and final time that these two teams will battle each other this season. The Bulls and the Pacers have played each other a total of 195 times as the Pacers ended up winning 90 games while the Bulls pulled 105 wins. December 29 was the last time that they met up as the Chicago Bulls pulled a 119-107 victory. Lauri Markkanen finished that game with 32 points, 7 rebounds, and one assist while Darren Collison had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
The Milwaukee Bucks will host DeMar DeRozan (24.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.9 APG, 49 FG%) and the Toronto Raptors (25-10) on Friday at 8:00 p.m. This meeting will mark the second of three times that these teams will play each other this season. The Bucks and the Raptors have battled each other a total of 89 times in the past as the Raptors won 40 games while the Bucks won 49 games. The last time they met up was on New Year’s Day when the Canada team slipped away with a 131-127 victory. DeMar DeRozan finished that game with a career-high 52 points, along with 5 rebounds, 8 assists, one steal, and one block. Eric Bledsoe would settle for 29 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.