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NBA Playoff Betting: Bulls vs. Pacers

Will a change of venue mean a change in the win column for the Indiana Pacers, as they head home down 2-0 to the Chicago Bulls in their opening round playoff series?

The Bulls took Game 2 on Tuesday night by a score of 96-90, but failed to cover the 11-point spread. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Danny Granger had 19 points for the Pacers.

View Chicago vs Indiana Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back the visiting Bulls before tip-off in this one will find them as 4-point favorites, while the total sits at 189.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 11 (Pacers) and the No. 1 (Bulls) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 105-97 result in favor of the Bulls is predicted by handicapping models.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Indiana's No. 5-rated squad against Chicago's No. 2-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Indiana rates No. 10 in the league with 7.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 15 with 6.2 per outing.

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 92.7 points per game. Indiana, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Indiana, they were a 96-90 loser as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Pacers covered in the match as a 11-point underdog, while 186 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Pacers got 19 points from Danny Granger, but it was Chicago that prevailed in a 96-90 final on Monday at United Center.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Indiana are 8-2
After playing Indiana are 8-2
After a win are 10-0

Indiana Pacers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 2-8
After playing Chicago are 1-9
After a loss are 5-5


A few Bulls at Pacers trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Indiana
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games
Indiana is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Indiana is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Indiana's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago at Indiana, Saturday, April 23
Indiana home to Chicago, Saturday, April 23

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