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Bulls face Pacers: NBA odds preview

Chicago BullsIndiana Pacers
March 18, 7:00 PM | Conseco Fieldhouse

Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers Odds

49-18TEAM RECORD29-39

The Pacers will hit the floor running against the visiting Chicago Bulls on Friday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Pacers currently sports a record of 29-39, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 30-35-3 ATS. The Bulls are 49-18 and 43-23-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Pacers post a 29-38-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bulls have gone 25-42 against the number.

View Chicago vs Indiana Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pacers rated this week at No. 12 and the Bulls sitting at No. 2. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 104-96 result in favor of the Bulls today.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Indiana's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 99.4 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 1 at 90.9 PPG. The Pacers field goal percentage has averaged 44% so far, less than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 45.7% per game.

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 92.8 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.

Chicago won its last outing, an 84-73 result against the Nets on March 17. The Bulls covered in that game as a 6.5-point favorite, while the 157 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Derrick Rose scored 21 points leading the Bulls to an 84-73 victory over New Jersey at Prudential Center on Thursday.

Indiana lost its last outing, a 92-80 result against the Celtics on March 16. The Pacers failed to cover in that game as a 11-point underdog, while the 172 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Indiana got 15 points from Paul George but lost anyway 92-80 against the Celtics on Wednesday at TD Garden.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Sacramento are 4-6
After playing New Jersey are 4-6
After a win are 9-1

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few Bulls at Pacers trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
Indiana is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Chicago home to Sacramento, Monday, March 21
Indiana at Memphis, Saturday, March 19

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