Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers - 3/24/14
Indiana Pacers (51-19) at Chicago Bulls (39-31)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls PK -- Over/Under: 176 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls will meet Monday night for the fourth and final time during the regular season. The Pacers have won two of the first three meetings this season.
Heading into this matchup, the Pacers have won five of their last seven games but are coming off a Saturday road loss to the Memphis Grizzles. On the season, the Pacers average 98.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allow 91.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Offense has been an issue all year for Indiana, and the Pacers are scoring even less with an average of 91.8 points in their last five games. In fact, the Pacers have scored 100-plus points on twice in their last 12 games. The Indiana Pacers are 35-34-1 ATS overall and 15-19 ATS on the road.
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The Bulls have won four of their last six games and are hoping to catch the Toronto Raptors for the third seed in the East. On the season, the Bulls average 93.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allow 92.1 points on 43 percent shooting. The Bulls have allowed only one 100-point performance in their last 14 games. Offensively, however, Chicago is shooting just 39.5 percent in its last five games. The Bulls have to play elite defense to win games because the offense simply isn’t there. The Chicago Bulls are 34-36 ATS overall and 17-18 ATS at home.
The Pacers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games and 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
In a pick'em I have to take the home team that is playing better basketball. Indiana has been too inconsistent lately, and the Bulls have been on a mission over the last month. I really like Chicago with this line, but would wait and see if I could get a point or two before pulling the trigger.