Maybe the third time will be the charm.
The Pacers return to action in Milwaukee on Friday night when they visit the Bucks, a team working their way into playoff position while riding a current four-game winning streak.
The Bucks rely on a unique lineup with young, long and athletic players creating mismatches starting with 6’11 Giannis Antetokounmpo running things as a point freak. While the team is now without Jabari Parker, they have Khris Middleton back healthy and playing with a starting lineup that includes no players over 25 years old.
With veterans Jason Terry, Greg Monroe and Matthew Dellavedova off the bench, the Bucks have found success of late, similar to their past two meetings against the Pacers when they posted double-digit wins.
For the Pacers, they have to take care of the ball and avoid fouling. In the first meeting, 21 turnovers kept the Pacers chasing from behind all night and in the second loss, Milwaukee shot 37 free throws. The Pacers are healthy, with no players on the injured list so how Nate McMillan manages his front court rotation will be worth watching.
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Pacers vs. Bucks - 8:00 p.m. ET at BMO Harris Bradley Center
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Jeff Teague (PG), Paul George (SG), C.J. Miles (SF), Thaddeus Young(PF), Myles Turner (C)
Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo (PG), Malcolm Brogdon (SG), Tony Snell (SF), Khris Middleton (PF), Thon Maker (C)