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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Milwaukee Bucks lock horns with the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 on Friday night as their playoff series continues with the teams tied at 1-1.

The Pacers were able to level the series after a 125-108 victory in Game 2, which sends them back to Indiana with a chance to now take control with two home games coming up.

The Bucks remain without star man Giannis Antetokounmpo once again, which creates a fascinating balance to the clash. 

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3 betting picks and predictions

Pascal Siakam Over 41.5 Total Points, Assists and Rebounds (-115)

While many of the younger Pacers' players showed nerves in the opening game of the series, Pascal Siakam set the tone. The 2019 champion and two-time All-NBA selection is the clear senior figure for this Pacers side and he has gone toe-to-toe with the Bucks himself so far.

Siakam has posted point totals of 36 and 37 in the first two games of the series. He's posted double-doubles in both games with 13 and 11 rebounds and also chipped in with eight total assists across the two games. 

Indiana’s improved display in Game 2 looked to be down to the players settling into their roles. Haliburton’s scoring has dropped but he is delivering as a creator, while Siakam is clearly their first option when it comes to scoring.

Without superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks look undersized when it comes to guarding a player like Siakam. That also sees the former Toronto Raptor make a big impact in terms of rebounds, while he is an unselfish player who averaged 4.3 assists per game in the regular season.

Siakam is the Pacer that has taken to the playoffs with ease and this looks like a fantastic matchup for him. His all-around game is flourishing in Indiana and a combined tally of 42 points, rebounds and assists looks more than doable in Game 3. 

Indiana Pacers Over 114.5 Total Points (-115)

The Pacers couldn’t break 100 points in an underwhelming Game 1 display but they roared back with 125 points in Game 2, with better scoring around another great display from Siakam. 

Their total assists jumped from 20 in the first game to 38 in Game 2 and I don’t expect them to take a step backwards when they return to their home court.

Indiana fans haven’t seen a home playoff game since they were swept in the first round in 2019, so expect a great atmosphere despite the odd tip-off time (5:30 PM ET).

The Pacers had the best points-per-game record in the regular season and they finished by topping 115 points in each of their final five games.

Their last home game saw them drop 157 on the Atlanta Hawks, so take the Pacers to trouble a Bucks defense which has been shaky all season. 

Damian Lillard 10+ 1st Quarter Points (+115)

With Giannis out, the Bucks have hung their hopes of progressing around Lillard. He’s stepped up, scoring 69 points across the opening two games.

The former Portland Trail Blazers star is built for the postseason and he’s returned to his best after a mixed end to the regular season.

Lillard is impressing from deep in this series, scoring six threes in both matches so far. He’s also made red-hot starts, clearing 15 points in the first quarter of both games.

His scoring has slowed as the game has gone on given the Bucks lack of ball-handlers, but his early showings have kept the Bucks in this series. 

Lillard to have 10 or more in the first quarter in Indiana appeals at +115.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3 odds

Milwaukee Bucks 

+195 ML

Indiana Pacers

-240 ML

Spread

IND Pacers -6.0

Total Points

O/U 223.0

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers Game 3 player props

Player Points

Damian Lillard (MIL Bucks)

O/U 31.5

Pascal Siakam (IND Pacers)

O/U 27.5

Khris Middleton (MIL Bucks)

O/U 18.5

Myles Turner (IND Pacers)

O/U 19.5

Bobby Portis (MIL Bucks)

O/U 17.5

Tyrese Haliburton (IND Pacers)

O/U 16.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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