Bulls vs Pacers NBA Betting Preview
The Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers have played to four straight UNDER results for totals bettors as they prepare to meet on the hardwood in NBA betting action on Monday night.
Chicago is 6-4 SU and 4-6 ATS over its past 10 games against Indiana, while the UNDER has paid out in seven of their past eight meetings. The Pacers topped the Bulls 80-76 as a 4-point road underdog when the teams last met back on December 4.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Pacers are 28-19 so far on the season, and 25-22 ATS vs. the number. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 29-18 and 20-27 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Indiana go 19-28 and the Bulls go 19-28 on the totals.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Pacers - Bulls odds would favor the Pacers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Indiana is rated No. 5 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bulls sit at No. 8. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-94 win for the Pacers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Indiana's No. 29-ranked offense (92 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 90.6 PPG. The Pacers have averaged 42.8% from the field per game, less than the Bulls have managed so far this season (43.9% on average).
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 93.4 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 in the league in scoring at home.
Chicago won its last outing, a 93-76 result against the Hawks on February 2. The Bulls covered in that game as a 7.5-point underdog, while the 169 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Atlanta was victimized for 25 points and 14 rebounds by Luol Deng as the Bulls defeated the Hawks 93-76 in NBA action on Saturday.
The Pacers were a 102-89 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Heat. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (191) made winners of OVER bettors. David West went off for 30 points and added 7 rebounds leading Indiana to a 102-89 win over Miami on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Denver are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 8-2
After a win are 5-5
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few Bulls at Pacers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
Chicago is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Indiana is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indiana's last 8 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Indiana's last 10 games at home
Chicago at Denver, Thursday, February 7
Indiana home to Atlanta, Tuesday, February 5