Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls - 3/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (36-36) at Indiana Pacers (39-34)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls invade Bankers Life Fieldhouse to battle the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.
The Bulls have been in a worrying slump and will be eager to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling to the Magic by 111-89 on Saturday. Taj Gibson led the scoring with 16 points on eight of nine shooting, Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott added 12 points each while Derrick Rose had just nine points as the Bulls were blown away by the lottery-bound Magic, falling behind by double digits early and by 68-50 going into halftime which left them too much ground to make up. With the loss, Chicago falls to 36-36 on the season which drops them to ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, two games behind Detroit for the eighth spot.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers have won three of their last four games and will be looking to build on Sunday's 104-101 win over the Rockets. Paul George led the charge with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Monta Ellis shook off a shooting slump and added 23 points with seven assists while Ian Mahinmi had 19 points as the Pacers outlasted the Rockets in a tightly contested affair. With the win, Indiana improved to 39-34 on the season which is currently good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with just a half-game lead over Detroit who currently occupy the eighth spot.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and 3-9 ATS in their lsat 12 road games, while the Pacers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a losing road record and 1-6 ATS in the last seven home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the Bulls are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Indiana.
The Bulls really need to start winning games to sneak into the playoff picture but it's just too hard to back them given their recent struggles that have seemingly come out of nowhere. The Pacers have been far more reliable lately and look to be the right play in this matchup, especially looking at the recent ATS trends when playing the Bulls.