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The NBA In-Season Tournament moves to Las Vegas for its semifinals on Thursday, and the over/under on how many people will be in the stands at the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena is not available for betting. If it were, we would suggest the “under.”

Pacers vs. Bucks Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NBA In-Season Tournament Semifinal Betting Lines 12/7

Moneyline: Indiana Pacers (+160), Milwaukee Bucks (-190)
Spread: Pacers +4.5 (-110), Bucks -4.5 (-110)
Total: Over/Under 254.5 points

Pacers vs. Bucks Predictions

This game is being played at 2 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET), and nobody knew until Monday night that the Pacers and Bucks would be semifinalists. That does not exactly work for folks who like to plan ahead, and these two relatively small-market teams do not have fan bases that travel on short notice unless the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, or Indiana Hoosiers are involved.

That is not the case here, since this is an NBA game taking place at 4 p.m. in Milwaukee and 5 p.m. in Indianapolis. Just getting folks to watch this one could be a greater task than league office considered when setting the schedule.

Be that as it may, this does look like it will be one of the more entertaining and high-scoring affairs of the season, with the over/under set at 254½ -- the highest of the season for the Pacers, who lead the NBA in points scored per game (128.4) and points allowed per game (125.2). Indiana will be facing a Bucks team that ranks third in scoring at 122.3 point per game.

Indiana leads the NBA with a 16-3-0 record on over/unders, so if you are a fan of points, you might need to sneak out of work a little early to catch this bucketfest.

From a gambling standpoint, we are going to recommend a same-game parlay under the assumption that a bucketfest is indeed what’s coming, especially after Milwaukee made it to the semifinals by dropping 146 points on a Knicks team that ranks third in the league defensivcly.

This new tournament is league commissioner Adam Silver’s pet project, and he will be in attendance. Generally, that means the NBA is going to assign its best referees to these games (the other semifinal is Lakers-Pelicans, with the tournament final held Saturday night), and the best referees tend to let the teams go at it hard without blowing too many whistles. Yes, the best referees understand that basketball fans do not enjoy watching free-throw shooting contests. 

Best NBA Same-Game Parlay Picks for Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: 4-Legs (+60000)

Leg 1: Over 254½ points

Yes, that line is high. But the Pacers have been going at a breakneck pace all season, and the Bucks are among the top two Eastern Conference favorites for a good reason: They are loaded with scorers.

The Pick: Pacers-Bucks over 254½ (-110)

Leg 2: Giannis Antetokounmpo points

When these teams last played on Nov. 9, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 54 points and shot 19-for-25 from the field and 16-for-18 at the line in a 126-124 loss. The Pacers blew an 18-point lead and then had to rally from 10 points down in the fourth quarter, and Antetokounmpo had two costly late turnovers. Antetokounmpo has scored at least 40 points two other times this season, both in the past 2½ weeks. He is shooting a ridiculous 61.1 percent, and we will ride him while he is hot – especially in a showcase game.

The Pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo to score at least 40 points (+340)

Leg 3: Malik Beasley 3-pointers made

Malik Beasley is the guy nobody notices in the Bucks’ starting lineup until he is knocking down yet another 3-pointer. He had six against the Knicks and has had at least four in four straight games. This is the type of a short-odds parlay builder where you’re not really out on a limb. You just need a guy to do what he has been doing.

The Pick: Malik Beasley to make at least four 3-pointers (-110)

Leg 4: Tyrese Haliburton triple-double

The point guard who leads the NBA in assists dropped a triple-double on the Celtics on Monday night, and it would not be surprising to see coach Rick Carlisle keep Tyrese Haliburton out there for the entire 48 minutes because Carlisle might want to win this game more than anyone else in the building. He knows he has a better-than-average team that nobody is talking about, and he wants that team to get some national recognition. Making it to the final game in Vegas is more meaningful to Indiana than it is to Milwaukee, which has bigger fish to fry (like winning an NBA championship). Expect to see Haliburton at his best once again.

The Pick: Tyrese Haliburton to record a triple-double (+2000)

Put those four picks together and you get a line of +60000, which would pay $6,010 on a $10 wager. Hey, the thinking here is this: When in Vegas, try to hit a jackpot. None of these four picks is a reach, and if you go with this wager the one thing you will need more than usual is for rebounds to bounce Tyrese Haliburton’s way for that triple-double. Good luck!

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