Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers - 10/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana Pacers (1-1) at Chicago Bulls (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -3 -- Over/Under: 211.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers invade the United Center to take on the new-look Chicago Bulls on Sunday night.
The Bulls were busy acquiring new pieces in the offseason and it has already started to pay off for them as they were able to sneak past the Celtics by 105-99 in their season opener. Jimmy Butler led the team in scoring with 24 points while Taj Gibson added 18 points with 10 rebounds, but with the Bulls leading by 101-99 with less than 30 seconds left on the clock, it was Dwyane Wade who delivered the killer blow with a clutch three from the corner to seal the win and cap off an impressive debut of 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. Rajon Rondo wasn't quite as impactful with his scoring, but he did manage to contribute with four points, six rebounds and nine assists while Michael Carter-Williams had had just five points in his 17 minutes of action off the bench.
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Meanwhile, the Pacers kicked off their season with a thrilling 130-121 overtime win at home over the Mavericks. Myles Turner was red-hot in the preseason and looks to have continued that momentum with game highs of 30 points with a career-high 16 rebounds and four blocks, Paul George added 25 points with six assists, Jeff Teague added 20 points with eight assists and Monta Ellis chipped in with 19 points and seven assists as the Pacers won their first game under new coach Nate McMillan. However, the Pacers fell back to earth last night when they lost to Brooklyn by 103-94 despite 22 points from Paul George and 19 points from Thaddeus Young. As a team, the Pacers shot just 37.8 percent from the field and went ice-cold in the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 31-15.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four against Eastern Conference opponents, while the Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last eight against the NBA Central and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Pacers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall but the home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Bulls are still a major work in progress, but you have to like their chances against a Pacers team playing on zero days rest and coming off a poor loss to the lowly Nets. I'm sticking with the new-look Bulls to improve to 2-0 on the season.