Thursday's NBA Picks: Top Player Props for Pacers-Bucks Matchup

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:10 PM GMT

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 5:10 PM GMT

The NBA apparently cleared the decks for the start of the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 as there's just one game on the Association's schedule on Thursday: Pacers at Bucks. SBR still has you covered with some prop recommendations.

Pacers vs. Bucks Props:
George Hill 'Over/Under' 25.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists

Hill O/U 1.5 Made 3-Pointers

Hill, the Pacers' point guard, was the biggest reason that Indiana ended a six-game losing streak Wednesday with a 103-101 upset victory at Washington. He hit a layup with 2.7 seconds left for the winning points. He had 12 of his team-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as Indiana rallied from a 10-point hole. Hill also finished with nine assists and seven rebounds, tied his career-high 12 field goals (0-for-4 from long range) and played a season-high 43 minutes. Thus he might be a bit tired. Hill has scored at least 20 points in five of the last seven games while averaging 22.4 points per game and shooting 55.8 percent from the field. He's not usually known as a big-time scorer (15.7 ppg on the season). The Pacers have played the Bucks three times this season but Hill just one. In a March 12 109-103 OT home win, Hill had 17 points, five assists and four rebounds while shooting 2-for-7 from long range.

NBA Free Picks: Add 'Over' the first prop but 'under' the 3-pointers to your NBA picks.       

 

Roy Hibbert O/U 12 Points

David West O/U 17.5 Points + Rebounds

Somehow the Pacers upset the Wizards despite Roy Hibbert turning invisible much like he did late last regular season and in the playoffs. The 7-footer was 0-for-6 from the field and didn't score in 17 minutes. No, he wasn't hurt. It just seems Hibbert can't deal with Washington's size as he is 1-for-17 from the field against the Wizards this season. That last game against the Bucks Hibbert missed. He had 18 points and 16 points in the other two meetings. West had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds against Washington, his seventh double-double of the season, but has been rather quiet in March, averaging 9.0 points and 6.3 rebounds. In two games against the Bucks this season, he is averaging 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds.

NBA Free Picks: 'Over' on Hibbert, 'Under' on West.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo O/U 14.5 points Or 10 Rebounds +  Blocks

Michael Carter-Williams O/U 26.5 Points + Rebounds + Assists

Milwaukee is trying to hang onto the No. 6 seed in the East and ended a six-game skid of its own with Tuesday's amazing 89-88 win over Miami on a Khris Middleton 3-point buzzer-beater off a loose ball scrum and pass from teammate Zaza Pachulia. It was one of the endings of the season. The Heat would have tied Milwaukee for sixth in the conference with a win. In 39 minutes, the "Greek Freak" had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. He has scored in double figures in 52 of his 71 games after doing so only 23 times last year. All his numbers are way up from his rookie campaign and this guy's going to be a star. He averages 12.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Against the Pacers, he is averaging 9.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, some of his worst numbers against any team this season. Since coming over in a surprising trade from Philly, Carter-Williams is averaging 13.8 points, 5.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 14 games with the Bucks. The guy can't shoot at all, hitting only 38.4 percent on the season. Arguably MCW's best game as a Buck came in that 109-103 loss in Indianapolis on March 12 as he had 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists. The Pacers don't really have any big guards to check him.

NBA Free Picks: 'Over' both.

 

O/U 13.5 Points As Largest Lead Of Game

All three previous meetings have been close: Milwaukee won the first 87-81 in Indiana and the Pacers the last two: 94-91 in Milwaukee and 109-103 in OT in Indianapolis. Indiana has also won three straight road games at Milwaukee. However, NBA odds makers know that the Bucks are 11-4 in their past 15 at home and should be riding a wave of momentum off that thrilling win over the Heat, while the Pacers will have heavy legs. Thus I could see an early big lead for Milwaukee.

NBA Free Pick: 'Over' at BetOnline  

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