Free NBA Hoops Pick: Bulls vs. Pacers Lines
Looking for Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers free plays? NBA betting sees the Bulls taking on the Pacers on Tuesday March 29, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(36-36) Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers (39-34)
Date: Tuesday March 29
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -7
NBA Betting Total: 201.5
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Tuesday’s showdown in Indy is a divisional matchup with big playoff implications for both teams. Indiana currently occupies the Easter Conferences 7th seed, holding only a 2.5 game lead over the 9th place Bulls.
This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams with the home team winning each contest thus far. The Bulls wins have both been within two points, while Indiana managed a 12 point margin of victory in their win.
Chicago has been wildly inconsistent throughout March and it undoubtedly has a lot to do with the injury woes they have been forced to endure. After stringing together a three game winning streak, they have promptly lost 3 straight to inferior competition, dropping games to Orlando and New York (twice).
Jimmy Butler has not been the same since returning from his knee injury, and has openly admitted as much. His scoring average since returning has dipped down to 14.3, down nearly 7 points from his season average.
Similarly, Pau Gasol has been dealing with swelling in his knee. He has missed a number of games and has been ineffective when he does suit up. Seeing as these are the Bulls two best players, they need to return to form to give their team a chance at the playoffs.
Chicago has struggled on the second night of back-to-back sets, with a record of 5-9 and have had difficulties on the road all season (12-23).
They have fared well in divisional games having gone 7-5, which is surprising considering 3 of their division rivals are currently playoff teams.
Indiana has been playing good basketball this month, as their 8-5 record has helped them separate from the Bulls in a tight battle for the last playoff seeds in the East.
They have pulled out quality wins against the Spurs, Celtics and Rockets and will be looking to drive a stake into the hearts of their divisional for in this one.
Indiana’s defense has been exceptional this season, ranking 7th league wide in both opponent’s points per game (100.4) and opponent’s field goal % (44.0%).
Paul George is the undoubted star on this team on both ends of the court, but they have a balanced offensive attack with all 5 starters averaging double digit scoring over the last 2 weeks.
Indiana has underperformed against their division, struggling to a 6-7 record, although their home record against divisional opponents is a much more favourable 4-2.
Indiana has limited Chicago to under 43% shooting in each meeting this season, including an especially dominant 35% during their last trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers are 23-13 on their home court this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central
- Bulls are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games
- Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference
- Pacers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central
- Pacers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- Home team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction:
With the Bulls at less than full strength I think they have a difficult time overcoming the Pacers stifling defense and will fall to the home team in this one. Pacers take it in a close game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls ATS.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 98 – Chicago 93
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