Greek Freak Leads Rallying Bucks, Pelicans Go Eight Unbeaten


That, however, is about the only positive trend in Milwaukee's favor as the Bucks have failed to cover in their last four games, are 1-6 against the spread in their last seven against teams with a winning record and 3-11-2 versus the number in their last 16 against divisional rivals.

IN (36-27) enters the game in fourth place, a half-game ahead of Washington while Milwaukee (34-29) sits in seventh but only two games behind the Pacers.

Victor Oladipo finished with 21 points and was one of six Pacers to score in double figures.

Antetokounmpo had another impressive outing, finishing the game 35 points, on 9-of-17 shooting from the field, to go along with nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.

It was Toronto's 11th win in 12 games and improved the eastern conference leaders' record to 45-17. - Milwaukee showed why they could be a darkhorse in the Eastern Conference on the strength of their 31-5 run Sunday night in which they held Philadelphia without a basket for the final 6:32 of the third quarter as they overcame a 19-point deficit.

Turnovers, fouls and poor shooting by Philadelphia helped the Bucks erase their 20-point first-quarter lead.

Pacers 98, Wizards 95 - At Washington: Victor Oladipo scored 33 points, Bojan Bogdoanovic added 20 and IN beat Washington to overtake the Wizards by a half-game for fourth place IN the Eastern Conference.

IN is 5-7 on the season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back, including a 2-3 record at home. Antetokounmpo scored 31 points in Milwaukee's 122-101 home win on January 3 when Oladipo sat out with a knee injury but in shot 55.7 percent in its 109-96 home win five days later. Warren added 35 points and four rebounds. He has averaged 15.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19 lifetime games against the Pacers, but those numbers dip to 13.1 and 5.2, respectively, in nine games at Indiana.

Myles Turner added 12 points and 13 rebounds for IN, which nearly gave away a 17-point lead but never trailed. Smith scored 23 points with eight assists, but he shot just 9 of 22 from the floor.

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Anthony Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds, scoring most of his points from inside 5 feet.

At home, IN is 18-14 ATS with 17 unders, 14 overs and 1 push.

Detroit, after starting out strong following the Blake Griffin trade, has been reeling in recent weeks, losing eight out of their last 10 games.

Their efforts were not enough, though, to get them the road victory, but they will look to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets.

Both teams added new players Sunday though neither played.

The Pacers are back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 PM ET.

While "must-win" is a hard term to use in early March, it's not a stretch to say the Bucks "need to" win this game because it would provide a split of the season series.

Milwaukee got no closer than four the rest of the way. It was the rookie's 41st game with at least 10 points, five boards and five assists in his first 61 games.

With all things considered, the Pacers are going to have to find a way to be on top of their game as soon as they possibly can. Tip-off time is 7 pm EST.