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Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (21-9) at Indiana Pacers (11-20)

NBA Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls look to stay hot when they take on the Indiana Pacers tonight.

The Chicago Bulls have won nine of their last 10 games overall and are going for a seventh straight win after taking down the Pelicans by 107-100 on Saturday. It was a tightly contested game right from the tipoff, but once again Jimmy Butler stepped it up for the Bulls and led the way with 33 points on 12 of 18 shooting while Derrick Rose chipped in with 19 points in just 27 minutes. The Bulls' bench also played well, combining for 37 points, led by Aaron Brooks who and Taj Gibson who scored 13 and 12 points respectively which was really the difference in the end. With the win, Chicago improved to 21-9 overall and 8-5 at home where they've won their last six straight.

Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been going through a nice run of form themselves, winning three of their last four including a 110-85 rout of the Nets on Saturday. Rodney Stuckey led seven players in double figures with his 20 points and eight assists while the bench combined for 52 points as the Pacers battled tooth and nail with the Nets before pulling away late. With this win, the Pacers have now won four of their last five games against teams with losing records to improve to 11-20 overall and 5-12 on the road.

In ATS trends, the Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Pacers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall but just 11-23-1 ATS in their last 35 home games.

Head to head, the Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Indiana.

I'm definitely leaning towards the Bulls to win and cover here as long as the spread is reasonable, so please check back later when the line is released for my free pick.

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Chicago -5.5

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