Bulls vs. Pacers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pacers are a 9.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 209 points.
Chciago enters with a 3-19 overall record and 9-12-1 ATS after a 113-91 home loss to the Cavaliers, its ninth defeat in a row. Indiana is 13-11 overall and 15-9 ATS following a 115-97 home victory over the Knicks. The Pacers won the first meeting this season by a count of 105-87 score in Chicago. Indiana has gone 3-2 straight up and 3-2 ATS in five meetings since the start of last season. The under has gone 3-2.
The Bulls were led by Kris Dunn with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in the loss to Cleveland. Robin Lopez had 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Justin Holiday added 14 points, six rebounds and three assists. Chicago trailed by a 61-45 score at halftime.
Thaddeus Young highlighted the action versus New York with 20 points, six rebounds and two steals. Bojan Bogdanovic contributed 19 points, two rebounds and two assists. Victor Oladipo added 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. The Pacers led 64-40 at halftime.
Chicago is 1-7 ATS in its last eight meetings in Indiana. The under is 7-1 in the last eight meetings in Indiana.
The Bulls haven't had a lot of success lately in Indiana and now come into this game riding a nine-game losing skid. While the Bulls have some promising pieces for the future such as Dunn and Lauri Markkanen, they are too young and inexperienced to do any real damage this season. Indiana is starting to play some good basketball lately now that it is healthy and shouldn't have much issue rolling here. We like the Pacers by double digits.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS -9.5