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Indiana Pacers @ Milwaukee Bucks

Game Analysis

If you’re looking for mid-range options to fill out your lineup for Friday’s DFS lineups (only one game scheduled for Thursday and it’s being combined with some Friday game options), then this is your game to look to. There aren’t any stud options that I’m prepared to recommend, but I do love the players below listed in the “Players to Watch” section. Granted, most of the options below are Milwaukee Bucks (35-36) but you can figure out how to roster one or two of them appropriately enough. Zaza Pachulia is really performing well of late, and is the best value of the bunch by far on the night as he will definitely find his way into my lineups. Believe it or not, the Bucks still hold onto the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference as they broke a six-game losing streak on Tuesday, with a grind-out 89-88 victory over the Heat. This game has playoff implications for both the Bucks and the Indiana Pacers (30-40), who are only one game behind the Boston Celtics for the 8th seed. Look for the Bucks to take control of the game early and cover the -1.5 line. The Pacers have lost six games in a row and are struggling offensively, while the Bucks are dramatically better at home in Milwaukee with a 20-14 record.  Don’t expect the game to be exciting enough to ride the over, with both teams staying below the 186.5 mark.

Line: MIL -1.5, Over/Under: 186.5

Players to Watch

  • Khris Middleton, SG, Bucks – 15th OPRK ($6,400)
  • Ersan Ilyasova, PF, Bucks – 12th OPRK ($6,300)
  • Zaza Pachulia, C, Bucks – 17th OPRK ($5,400)
  • Solomon Hill, SF, Pacers – 29th OPRK ($4,400)


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