Bucks, Bulls Getting Enough Points to Cover as Underdogs

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Troy Haliburton

Monday, March 5, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 3:57 PM UTC

Milwaukee and Indiana meet in a game with playoff implications, while Boston continues its push toward the East's top spot as it visits Chicago. Where are the best betting values?

Monday NBA: Bucks vs. PacersFree NBA Pick: Bucks +3Best Line Offered: Bovada

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The Milwaukee Bucks (25-33-5 ATS) and Indiana Pacers (35-28-0 ATS) play in their last meeting of the season. High high stakes are on the line as the Pacers try to hold on to the East's fourth seed and win the season series against the Bucks. These teams just played a thrilling game Friday, when the Pacers pulled out a victory in what could best be described as a playoff atmosphere.

Indiana's Victor Oladipo had 21 points in that game as he continues on a tear during his best season as a pro. Oladipo is almost single-handedly willing the Pacers to victory on a nightly basis, including a close call Sunday night against the Washington Wizards. Oladipo scored 33 points and out-dueled fellow All-Star Bradley Beal.

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The Pacers were not the only team to get a big win Sunday night. The Bucks came back from 20 points down to beat the Philadelphia 76ers and hold them off in the standings for another day. Giannis Antetokounmpo did most of the heavy lifting with 35 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the comeback charge.

Because both the Bucks and Pacers are playing on the second night of a back-to-back, it would behoove bettors -- prior to making your NBA picks -- to know what each team's ATS record is on no days of rest. The Bucks have one of the better records in the league in that situation at 7-5-1 while the Pacers are just 6-6. The ATS numbers become even more slanted in the Bucks' favor when you look at their 16-13 ATS record on the road.

Antetokounmpo will be much too much for the Pacers to handle, as they do not have an athletic wing who can even remotely stay in front of the Greek Freak. Look for the Bucks, +3 underdogs on the NBA odds board, to even the season series with the Pacers and create even more of a logjam in the Eastern Conference standings.

Monday NBA: Celtics vs. BullsFree NBA Pick: Bulls +9Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Boston Celtics (38-24-2 ATS) started the season so hot and looked to be guaranteed home-court advantage through the Eastern Conference playoff until the Toronto Raptors caught fire and overtook the Celtics for the top seed. Boston still has a little left in the tank to get to the finish line of the regular season, but will it be enough to regain supremacy in the East?

On Saturday night the Celtics almost rallied past Houston, the best team in the NBA, and in the process showed they still have what it takes to be considered an elite team. Boston’s strength is its defense, which allows them to stay competitive in almost any game. The Celtics are giving up only 100.2 points per game, second-best in the league.

The Chicago Bulls (32-29-1 ATS), on the other hand, are on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from Boston. The Bulls, big home underdogs on tonight's NBA odds board, are at the bottom of the standings and the only thing they are competing for is draft positioning. That does not stop Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg from putting forth his best lineups every night, because in theory he could be coaching for his job over the rest of this season.

Chicago, which snapped a four game losing streak by beating the Dallas Mavericks over the weekend, has found all types of new lineups that might give teams trouble down the road. Playing Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen together is an offensive scoring punch that could have much success in the future.

So with your NBA picks, combine Hoiberg's incentive to make a good impression with Chicago's 17-13 home record ATS, and tonight's game has the makings of a great back-door cover opportunity for the Bulls.

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