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Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Odds
United Center features an NBA battle between the host Chicago Bulls and the visiting Indiana Pacers in betting action on Saturday.
Supporters of the Pacers have seen them go 43-26 and 39-30 ATS so far this season, while the Bulls are at 36-31 and 29-38 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bulls are 29-38, while the Pacers are 32-37.
For bettors going with the Bulls in this one, they were listed earlier as 1-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 182 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 9 (Bulls) and the No. 3 (Pacers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 97-93 result in favor of the Pacers is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 92.7 PPG, against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 2 at 89.6 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 43.6% so far, more than the Pacers shooters have achieved on the year, 43.4% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Pacers own the league's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 91 points per game when playing on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 30 in scoring on their home court.
Last time out for Indiana, they were a 102-78 winner as they battled the Bucks at home. The Pacers covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite, while 180 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Indiana cruised to victory on Friday, running Milwaukee out of the gym and running up a 102-78 score at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Chicago was a 99-89 loser in its last match at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 188 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Joakim Noah scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Bulls to victory (they lost 99-89 to Portland at United Center on Thursday).
Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Portland are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5
A few Pacers at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Indiana's last 8 games
Indiana is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Chicago is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chicago's last 15 games at home
Indiana home to Atlanta, Monday, March 25
Chicago at Minnesota, Sunday, March 24