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(14-25) Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers (19-19)
Date: Saturday January 6
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indiana, Indianapolis
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January 6 finds two Central Division foes tipping off as the Chicago Bulls play the Indiana Pacers. This is the fourth and final meeting between the squads in their season series with the Pacers leading two games to one.
Last season, the Pacers won two of the three contests versus Chicago. The Bulls hold the all-time record having bested the Pacers 97 of their 183 matches.
Although the Bulls have regressed slightly since breaking out of their slumber they continue to play a much better brand of basketball. After winning seven games in a row the Bulls lost back-to-back games to the Cavaliers and Celtics.
Chicago got back on track winning their next three games prior to once more losing three in-a-row to top teams. The moral of the story is the Bulls are playing closer to their identity.
This is a young team who should contend with the middle tier talents and beat the lower tier teams.
Chicago scored 47 points in their come from behind win over the Mavericks on Friday night which no doubt took a toll on the team.
The core is in place with some solid young talent to build for the future. Lauri Markkanen is more than a perimeter shooter and seems well poised to take over the mantle of tall frontcourt talents that Dirk Nowitzki has occupied during his career.
Markkanen possesses all the fundamental skills which make him a talented rebounder, playmaker and versatility in his offense. It will be interesting to see how this team meshes when Zach LaVine returns.
Watch the pregame warmups and notice Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic completely ignore each other. The fact the two can set that aside to function in game is a testament to the inner workings of teams. It will be interesting to see if either is shopped or moved at the trade deadline.
Much like many of the Eastern Conference squads the Pacers have experienced a period of success. Specifically, Indiana produced two winning streaks of five and four games.
And, similarly to many of those Eastern teams once the League becomes aware of their ability the better squads stop taking them for granted.
This translated into a season long losing streak of five games. So, the Pacers enter tonight’s match looking to get back on track. Indiana has a huge advantage in that they haven’t played since Wednesday and will face a squad playing in a back-to-back set.
Once ranked as high as fourth the Pacers are in jeopardy of falling out of the playoff seeding.
Much of the reason for the decline of the Pacers stems from Victor Oladipo’s health as he’s been out for four of the five losses.
Oladipo is nursing a knee injury so his presence in this game would be a welcome sighting for the reeling Pacers.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Bulls are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- Under is 6-2 in Pacers last 8 vs. NBA Central.
- Under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Indiana.
- Bulls are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Indiana.
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Prediction: Line is off – see score below
With the Bulls playing on consecutive nights while the Pacers enter on rested legs after two full days rest the odds favor Indiana. That said, the key will be whether Victor Oladipo can suit up or not.
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Rested legs should be enough, but the Bulls depth could be a factor particularly if Oladipo can’t go again.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 107 – Bulls 105
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