NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Milwaukee 26 29 21 30 106
Indiana 18 29 32 18 97
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Pacers look for seventh straight as Bucks visit

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers

  1. The Bucks bounced back from a February 9 loss to the Magic by beating the Bulls in Chicago on Monday, 112-99. The win moved Milwaukee to 14-0 after a loss this season -- the Bucks are the only team still undefeated in such situations.
  2. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and dished out eight assists in the win over Chicago. It was his 12th game this season with at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, most in the NBA.
  3. The Pacers beat the Hornets at home on Monday, 99-90, winning their sixth in a row. It was Indiana's fifth win this season with under 100 points -- only the Grizzlies (nine) have more wins in such games.
  4. Myles Tuner led the Pacers with 18 points in the win over the Hornets. It was his fifth game leading his team outright in scoring this season -- his previous high in a season was six games, set last season.
  5. These teams have split two games this season, with each defending its own home court. Indiana has won four straight at home versus Milwaukee -- only the Jazz (16 straight) and Heat (five) have won more consecutive home games versus the Bucks than the Pacers.
  6. Milwaukee is shooting 48.0 percent from the field, second best in the NBA, while Indiana ranks third at 47.9 percent. The Bucks finished last season ranking third in field-goal percentage but the Pacers haven't finished a season ranked in the top three in that measure since finishing second in 1993-94.
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Indiana Pacers appeared ready to wallow in a long, painful derailment after Victor Oladipo's season-ending knee injury.

But they are certainly back on track and chugging along just fine.

The Pacers (38-19) will try to match their season best winning streak of seven games when they host the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Indiana dropped its first four games after Oladipo tore a quad tendon just above his right knee on Jan. 23, but has rebounded in impressive fashion.

The Pacers recorded back-to-back road wins in Miami and New Orleans and have added four wins to start a six-game homestand. Among the victories were blowouts of the Los Angeles Lakers (136-94) and Los Angeles Clippers (116-92) as well as a 105-90 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The good times continued with Monday's 99-90 triumph over the Charlotte Hornets.

Veteran guard Wesley Matthews made his team debut -- having arrived as a free agent after being bought out by the New York Knicks -- with eight points and five rebounds in 30 minutes. He will be counted on to make up some of the lost productivity of Oladipo (18.8 scoring average).

"We obviously miss Vic, but Wes is able to step in right away and have an impact because of the things he does," center Myles Turner told reporters after Monday's victory. "He's not a guy who has to shoot the ball 20 or 30 times a game. He's not a guy who demands shots, a guy who's going to complain.

"He comes in with a businesslike mentality, he takes care of things on the defensive end of the floor and he hits shots. So he fits in right away."

Tyreke Evans was moved to a reserve role to open a starting spot for Matthews, who was just 2 of 10 from the field.

"Part of the agreement was that he would start when he came, and we were OK with that because we thought bringing that type of talent to this roster and having a guy like that going down the stretch and in the playoffs with that type of experience, we were going to need it," Indiana coach Nate McMillan told reporters.

The Pacers have won their last four home meetings against the Bucks, who are sizzling with 13 wins in their past 15 games.

All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from a one-game absence due to knee soreness to contribute 29 points -- on just 13 field-goal attempts -- 17 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks in Monday's 112-99 road win over the Chicago Bulls.

Milwaukee (42-14) finished the game with a 12-2 run to seal a victory, which kept it one game ahead of the Toronto Raptors in the East.

"I think we just trust one another and were playing with a lot of effort," Antetokounmpo told reporters. "Especially defensively, we tried to pick it up in the second half. We were just finding the open man offensively, and we were able to knock down some shots."

The margin prior to the decisive surge was a bit too close for comfort for Eric Bledsoe. But the veteran guard scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help put away the Bulls.

"They tried to get us with a spoiler alert," Bledsoe told reporters. "We couldn't let it happen, especially going into the (All-Star) break. You know, these games are crucial games even though our record is what it is. These are crucial games we should win."

Forward Nikola Mirotic (calf) has yet to make his team debut since being acquired from the Pelicans before the trade deadline. Coach Mike Budenholzer said a decision on Mirotic's availability will be made Wednesday.

The clubs split two meetings earlier this season, with the home team winning on each occasion.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 13, 2019

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