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Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers celebrates in the fourth quarter of the 142-130 win against the Milwaukee Bucks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. We're backing Haliburton in our Pacers vs. Bucks player props & odds.
Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers celebrates in the fourth quarter of the 142-130 win against the Milwaukee Bucks at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images via AFP

The Indiana Pacers look to take Game 1 of their opening NBA playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, and we're offering our top Pacers vs. Bucks player props based on the best NBA odds.

The Milwaukee Bucks (49-33) are gearing up to face the Indiana Pacers (47-35) in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs without their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Our best sports betting sites consider the Bucks a 1-point underdog in Giannis's absence. Tip-off is scheduled for Sunday at 7 p.m. ET (TNT) at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis.

With Giannis sidelined, the Bucks' NBA championship odds have taken a hit, and they may encounter challenges in slowing down the NBA's top-scoring offense. Milwaukee will rely on its veteran lineup to step up and fill the 6-foot-11 void left by Antetokounmpo.

In addition to our 2024 NBA playoffs betting preview, here are our best Pacers vs. Bucks player props and NBA picks (odds via our best NBA betting sites; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Pacers vs. Bucks Game 1 player props

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Bucks vs. Pacers prop bet predictions for Sunday

Tyrese Haliburton Over 35.5 points + rebounds + assists ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Anytime you can fire a head coach in his debut season who's won nearly 70% of his games to hire Doc Rivers, you've just got to do it. While Adrian Griffin may not have earned the "trust" of his star players, he at least posted a winning record. With Rivers in charge, the Bucks are 17-19 and the defense has been continuing to struggle. 

Tyrese Haliburton is poised to light up a Bucks defense that allows a combined 41.11 points, rebounds, and assists to point guards. With Haliburton running the show and leading the NBA in assists (10.9), Indiana has lived up to its name with the second-fastest pace in the NBA and the most points per game (123.3).

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This prop from FanDuel pays out at $19.62 with the odds as short as -119 at our other best sportsbooks, implying a 54.34% probability Haliburton hits the Over, according to our odds calculator.

Best odds: -104 via FanDuel

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Damian Lillard Under 3.5 made 3-pointers ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Winning the 3-point contest was a big-time PR move from Damian Lillard, and that victory would have you believe he's once again among the NBA's best 3-point shooters in 2023-24.

However, it's a different story when he faces actual defenders, and no team in the NBA limits 3-pointers like Indiana. That's partially because the Pacers are so easy to score on from inside the arc. The Pacers allow the fewest 3-pointers per game in the NBA (10.7) and rank first in 3-pointers allowed to point guards (2.51).

With Lillard hitting his fewest 3-pointers per contest since 2018-19 (3.0) and shooting the third-worst percentage from deep of his career (35.4%), this prop is as short as -151. Those odds imply a 60.16% probability Lillard hits the Under. But with our odds via DraftKings, a $10 bet brings in an $8 profit.

Best odds: -125 via DraftKings

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Malik Beasley Over 9.5 points ⭐⭐⭐

If Giannis were suiting up, all of his Overs would be in play against a Pacers defense that allows the fourth-most points per game in the NBA (120.2). But while Rivers would surely prefer his Freak being out there doing the scoring, there's a "Mutant" waiting in the wings in Malik Beasley.

Whether Beasley teleports to the basket like Nightcrawler or fights tooth and nail to the rim like Wolverine, he'll get the opportunity to capitalize on more playing time. The Pacers allow the most points in the NBA to shooting guards (24.33) and Beasley is averaging 11.3 during 2023-24.

While Beasley's points line is being offered at 7.5 at our best sports betting sites, we've opted to go with the alternate line from bet365. With those odds, a $10 bet cashes in a $14 profit.

Best odds: +140 via bet365

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Pacers vs. Bucks Game 1 info & odds

  • When: Sunday, April 21
  • Tip-off: 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • How to watch: TNT
  • Favorite: Pacers -1 (-115 via Caesars)

Bucks-Pacers player props made Friday at 11:55 a.m. ET.

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