Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers - 11/16/13
Indiana Pacers (9-0) at Chicago Bulls (4-3)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -4 -- Over/Under: 180.5 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers look to beat the Chicago Bulls for the second time this season when they meet at the United Center.
With a franchise best 9-0 record to start the season, the Pacers remain the NBA's only undefeated team and it doesn't look like they want to slow down anytime soon after what they showed us in a 104-77 win against the Bucks on Friday. Paul George had 22 points on 10 of 18 shooting but was actually overshadowed by Roy Hibbert who flirted with a triple-double, racking up 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks. Defensively, Indiana held Milwaukee to just 34.1 percent shooting which is not that surprising when you consider that no team has yet to score more than 91 points against them.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls have reeled off three straight wins since losing to the Pacers on Nov 6. Last night against the Raptors, the Bulls were without Derrick Rose once again but were able to put the game away early with their usual brand of defense, holding the Raptors to 31 points in the first half and 35.4 percent shooting for the game. Luol Deng led the team with 19 points while Joakim Noah added 18 points. With Rose sidelined with the hamstring injury, Kirk Hinrich was slotted into the starting lineup and had 12 points while playing 40 minutes.
In ATS trends, the Pacers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Bulls are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a win.
I was hoping the Bulls would get at least three or four points more from the bookies for this game, but with the line currently set at just one point, I'm actually going to take the Pacers to win and cover here. This game is sure to be a closer contest than the last meeting, but I can't go against the hottest team in the league until they actually lose a game.