Indiana favored by 6.5 against Chicago on Sunday
Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers Odds
Indiana looks to cover the Pacers-Bulls pointspread on Sunday and improve its overall 37-22 mark when they host Chicago in NBA action.
The Bulls will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 26-33 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Pacers are 34-25 ATS. Chicago is 25-34 against the total, while Indiana is 25-34 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Bulls were listed as 6.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 180 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pacers rated this week at No. 3 and the Bulls sitting at No. 6. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 96-93 result in favor of the Pacers today.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Indiana's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 93.9 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 91.2 PPG. The Pacers field goal percentage has averaged 43.5% so far, less than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 93.7 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 in the league in scoring at home.
Chicago won its last outing, a 96-85 result against the Nets on March 2. The Bulls covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 181 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Bulls got a 21-point performance from Joakim Noah, who added 10 rebounds as Chicago ran past Brooklyn 96-85 on Saturday at United Center.
The Pacers were a 93-81 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Raptors. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (174) made winners of UNDER bettors. Toronto was victimized for 22 points and 10 rebounds by Paul George as the Pacers defeated the Raptors 93-81 in NBA action on Friday.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing San Antonio are 9-1
After playing Brooklyn are 6-4
After a win are 4-6
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
A few Bulls at Pacers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
Indiana is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home
Indiana is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing Chicago
Indiana is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Chicago
Chicago at San Antonio, Wednesday, March 6
Indiana home to Boston, Wednesday, March 6