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Pointspread favors Pacers in battle with Bulls

Indiana PacersChicago Bulls
51-19March 24, 2014, 08:00 | United Center39-31

Indiana travels to Chicago on Monday, hoping to boost its 51-19 mark with a victory over the Bulls.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Bulls currently sport a record of 39-31, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 34-36 ATS. The Pacers are 51-19 and 35-34-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulls post a 28-42 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Pacers have gone 29-39-2 against the number.View Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Pacers before tip-off in this one found them as -1.5-point favorites earlier at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 179 at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 16-rated Pacers taking on the No. 6-rated Bulls in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 93-88 win for the Pacers on Monday.

Indiana lost its last outing, an 82-71 result against the Grizzlies on March 22. The Pacers failed to cover in that game as a 2-point underdog, while the 153 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Pacers got 15 points from Lance Stephenson, but it was Memphis that prevailed in an 82-71 final on Saturday at FedExForum.

The Bulls were a 91-81 winner in their most recent outing at home against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 16-point spread as favorites, while the total score (172) made winners of UNDER bettors. Chicago got 20 points from Joakim Noah en route to a 91-81 victory over Philadelphia on Saturday at United Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Chicago's No. 9-rated squad against Indiana's No. 4-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Chicago rates No. 27 in the league with 6.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 23 with 6.69 per outing.

Next up:
Indiana home to Miami, Wednesday, March 26th
Chicago home to Portland, Friday, March 28th