Bulls vs. Pacers
NBA Basketball: Saturday October 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Bulls -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls square off Saturday night in preseason ball at the United Center.
The Indiana Pacers are off to a fast 2-0 start in the preseason and building some confidence under coach Nate McMillan. In the two victories, the Pacers have combined for 28 made threes and have produced 90 made field goals overall. The main reason the Pacers fired Frank Vogel is because they wanted a quicker tempo offense that can keep up with today's game, and well, so far so good if you’re an Indiana fan. Paul George is just 5-20 from the field with three turnovers, but Jeff Teague has produced 20 points and 10 assists. Old man Al Jefferson has racked up 29 points and 16 rebounds off the bench. Joe Young has also chipped in 19 points off the bench. The Indiana Pacers are looking sharp out of the gate under their new coaching staff.
The Chicago Bulls are still looking for their first preseason win after an 0-2 start where they’ve lost by a combined nine points. The reason for the Bulls struggles is due to a combined 38 turnovers and only 11 made threes in their first two games. Rajon Rondo has 10 of those turnovers himself and Nikola Mirotic is 0-8 from downtown. Dwyane Wade is 5-12 from the field with four assists and Jimmy Butler has just six shot attempts in 27 minutes. The main bright spot for Chicago has been Taj Gibson with 21 points and 15 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are going to take some time getting used to due to so many moving parts and a new starting lineup. However, this sloppy play must stop if the Bulls hope to be competitive in the Eastern Conference this season.
The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and the under is 4-0 in Pacers last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 6-1 in Bulls last 7 games following a straight up loss. The Pacers are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls would be 2-0 in preseason play if they didn't the ball over 100 times. After two games under their belt, they should be able to fix the mental errors and put together 48 minutes of basketball. At home, I'll side with the home team and the small line.