The third coaching casualty of the NBA season seems certain to come today in Milwaukee where the combustible Scott Skiles has reportedly sealed his fate. It comes after a four-game losing streak and although the Bucks are still in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, just about where most expected them to be, it looks like Skiles in-your-face style has finally run out of time.
There’s no telling what effect that might have on Milwaukee headed into their Tuesday trip to Phoenix where the visitors are favourites by 5.5 points. The Suns have won only one of their nine games with scoring the root of their problems. But the Bucks are coming in from hitting a season-low 80 against Indiana last Saturday and Brandon Jennings appears to have fallen into a funk.
If Skiles’ exit is confirmed, Phoenix could add to their disarray but it’s worth a punt on the combined total points staying under 199.0 at 1.91.
The Indiana Pacers have revived themselves since a poor start, earning coach Frank Vogel a contract extension. And they’ll take a seven game winning streak at home into tonight’s meeting with Miami. It’s the teams first meeting since the Heat won 4-2 in last season’s Eastern Conference semi-finals but the Pacers defence has again been impeccable, holding visitors to the Fieldhouse to just 83 points per game.
Miami are a class act, of course, but lately they’ve been relying on their D as well, scoring less than 100 points in their last four games which have ended in regulation. As such, The Pacers are very tempting at 2.33 for the victory, while it’s also worth looking at staying under the points line of 1.87, available at 1.91.
In two other Tuesday games, take injuries into account when deciding where your money should go. The out-of-form Lakers will be without Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol when they travel to surging Houston, and for a few weeks beyond that. While Minnesota have lost Kevin Love for another extended stretch, and they could also be without Nikola Pekovic when Atlanta come to town.
Bet of the Day: Go under 199 total points in Milwaukee-Phoenix.