Bulls vs. Pacers - 11/15/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (3-7) at Chicago Bulls (7-2)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -12 -- Over/Under: 185.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, WGN
The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls play Saturday night at the United Center.
The Indiana Pacers have lost seven of their last nine games and continue to struggle offensively without their key guys in the lineup. The Pacers are averaging just 91.7 points on 42.1 percent shooting and shot just 40.5 percent in Friday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. Overall, the Indiana Pacers have lost 13 of their last 15 regular season games when scoring less than 100 points. Chris Copeland leads the Pacers with 15.6 points on 38.6 percent shooting, while Roy Hibbert has three double doubles this month. A.J. Price has six threes in his last three games and Solomon Hill has 21 points in his last two games. Defensively, the Pacers are allowing 92.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting and have held three of their last four opponents under 100 points.
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The Chicago Bulls have won six of their last seven games and are showing to be one of the more balanced teams in the league. The Bulls are averaging 103.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting and are allowing 97.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting. The Bulls have allowed less than 100 points in seven of their last 11 regular season games. Jimmy Butler leads the Bulls with 19.7 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Pau Gasol is averaging 19.3 points on 51.1 percent shooting from the field. Mike Dunleavy has scored in the double figures in four of his last five games and Taj Gibson is shooting 50 percent from the field in his last two contests. Derrick Rose is doubtful for this contest with a hamstring injury. This will be the last home game for the Chicago Bulls before they leave town for a seven-game road trip.
The Pacers are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Central and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Pacers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago, while the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Two of the better defensive teams in the league and the Bulls are still without their best player, give me as many points as possible. The Pacers are the play here no matter how poorly they've played without any of their key guys.