NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Indiana 21 30 21 38 110
Milwaukee 29 39 38 24 130
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CT22:00 , February 3, 2021
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Pacers, Bucks enter matchup coming off high-scoring wins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks

  1. Milwaukee has won four straight home games against Indiana. All four wins in the current run have been by at least 17 points, the first time the Bucks have won four straight home games against a single opponent by at least 17 points since doing so in seven straight against Detroit from 1970 to 1972.
  2. The Pacers shot 59.8 percent from the field in their win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday, their highest field-goal percentage in a game since shooting 60.9 percent against Detroit on December 28, 2018. They also recorded their best three-point shooting percentage night of the season, going 16-for-29 (.552).
  3. Myles Turner (22 points, 11 rebounds, 5 blocks) posted the fourth 20-10-5 game of his career on Tuesday. The only Pacer with more 20-point, 10-rebound, 5-block games over the last 30 seasons is Jermaine O'Neal, who had 32 such games from 2000 to 2007.
  4. The Bucks scored 79 first-half points in their 134-106 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday. It was the 13th time Milwaukee has scored at least 70 points in the first half since the start of last season, second-most in the NBA in that time (Clippers -- 14).
  5. Bobby Portis went 3-for-5 from three-point range on Monday as he matched a season high with 21 points. He has improved his three-point percentage by 10.5 percent (35.8 to 46.3) from last season, the third-largest improvement in the NBA behind Gorgui Dieng (+16.1) and Sterling Brown (+11.7) (min. 2.0 3PA/gm).
  6. Indiana ranks second in the NBA with 54.9 points in the paint per game this season (Memphis, 55.0), while Milwaukee has allowed just 40.0 paint points per game, second fewest in the NBA (Miami, 39.2).

The Milwaukee Bucks will be the more rested team when they host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

While the Pacers were blowing out the Memphis Grizzlies 134-116 on Tuesday in Indianapolis, the Bucks had a day off after a 134-106 win over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.

The clubs will meet for the first time this season after the Bucks topped the Pacers 3-1 in last year's season series by dominating the two home games.

The teams were in line to meet in the first round of last year's playoffs until the fourth-seeded Pacers were swept by the fifth-seeded Miami Heat in the first round.

Miami then shocked Milwaukee, the winningest team in the regular season a year ago, in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Bucks were firing on all cylinders Monday to tip off their two-game homestand. Six Milwaukee players scored 13 or more points, with Jrue Holiday (22) and Bobby Portis (21) leading the way.

The win allowed Milwaukee to snap a two-game losing streak. The Bucks followed another two-game skid earlier in January with a two-game winning streak.

The Bucks have had three-, four- and two-game winning streaks since Jan. 1.

Bryn Forbes, brought in to Milwaukee this season to help fill the void left behind by Malcolm Brogdon's departure a year earlier, noted Monday that using the Pacers as a building block in a winning streak won't be easy.

"Honestly, I think people get up for this game (against) the Bucks," he said. "They're No. 1 in the East for the last couple of years, so I think people are locked in when they play us. Every team is bringing their best when they play us, honestly.

"Every team is ready to go when they play us and maybe they are a little more focused and locked in than they are on some other nights and maybe just trying to prove a point."

While the Pacers will complete a back-to-back set Tuesday, they benefitted from the one-sided nature of the Monday game, not extending any player past 35 minutes.

Domantas Sabonis had 32 points and 13 rebounds in the win, while Brogdon warmed up for a meeting with his former teammates with 23 points and seven assists.

Brogdon, who left the Bucks for a four-year, $85 million deal in a sign-and-trade after the 2019 season, was more of a ball distributor than a scorer in three head-to-head matchups with his old team last season. He averaged just 10.3 points but also 8.3 assists in those games.

Milwaukee won its two home games last season against Indiana by an average of 23.5 points.

Brogdon averaged 16.5 points and 7.1 assists last season for the Pacers. He has bumped the scoring up to 22.9 this year while keeping the assists (7.0) basically the same.

Brogdon credits the unselfish Sabonis for his boost in scoring.

"I think he and (the Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic) are the best passing bigs in the league," he said. "He's very versatile. He's an All-Star."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 3, 2021

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