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Bulls tip off against the rival Pacers

The Chicago Bulls have paid off on the NBA betting lines in three of their past four games against the Indiana Pacers as those division rivals hit the hardwood on Friday night.

Chicago and Indiana last met on November 16, with the Bulls winning 110-94 and covering the small 1-point spread at home on the NBA odds at the sportsbooks. That improved Chicago to 5-5 SU and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games against the Pacers.

The Pacers bring a 50-18 record (34-33-1 ATS) to the battle against the 38-30 Bulls, who are 34-34 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Indiana go 29-37-2 so far and the Bulls go 28-40. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Pacers in this one found them as -5.5-point Favorite earlier at Bovada, while the total had been sitting in the area of 181.5 at Bovada.

This game matches up the No. 15 (Pacers) and the No. 7 (Bulls) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 93-88 result in favor of the Pacers is predicted by handicapping models.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 102-94 winner as they battled the 76ers on the road. The Bulls failed to cover in the match as a 13.5-point favorite, while 196 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago earned a 102-94 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday, getting 20 points from D.J. Augustin at Wells Fargo Center.

Indiana lost its last outing, a 92-86 result against the Knicks on March 19. The Pacers failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 178 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Lance Stephenson scored 21 points in a failed effort to lead the Pacers to victory (they lost 92-86 to New York at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Indiana's No. 4-rated squad against Chicago's No. 9-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Indiana rates No. 23 in the league with 6.76 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 26 with 6.13 per outing.

A few Bulls at Pacers trends to consider:
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Chicago is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
Chicago is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games on the road
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Indiana is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games
Indiana is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
Indiana is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chicago home to Philadelphia, Saturday, March 22nd
Indiana at Memphis, Saturday, March 22nd