In this battle between two squads sitting on mirror sides of the Eastern Conference table, the third Indiana Pacers (41-23), are hosting the third-worse Chicago Bulls (18-46), with both teams coming off defeats in their latest matchups and are looking to bounce back today.
Date/Time: 03-05-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers -7.5
Indiana Pacers have a 41-23 record (33-31 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Magic with a 112-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and 5.2 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 17.5 ppg and 4 boards per game.
Chicago Bulls have a 18-46 record (29-34-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Hawks with a 118-123 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 23.4 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Otto Porter Jr. with 19.8 ppg and 5.9 boards per game.
Pacers have won all three previous meetings against the Bulls this season, winning the only home game by 6 points. Pacers have a 24-9 home record, while the Bulls are 11-20 on the road. Pacers are better both offensively, scoring 108.8 ppg to Bulls’ 105 and defensively, allowing 103.8 ppg to Bulls’ 112.6 ppg. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals (48% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (37.5% to 35.6%). They are also better in dimes made (26.2 to 22.3), in boards grabbed (43 to 42.5), while both teams are almost equal in turnovers committed (13.5 to 13.8). Pacers are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy home win.
Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Indiana Pacers -7.5 (-107)
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