Indiana Pacers (5-7) at Chicago Bulls (2-7)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls do battle at the United Center on NBA Friday.
The Indiana Pacers have been in a rut lately as they’ve four straight to fall back below .500 on the season. In Wednesday’s 114-97 loss at Detroit, Victor Oladipo led the team with 21 points but shot just eight of 21 from the field, Al Jefferson added 19 points off the bench while Thaddeus Young chipped in with 16 points and four assists. However, Myles Turner managed just eight points as he battled foul trouble which really hurt the Pacers in the paint where they were outscored by 56-36. As a team, the Pacers shot just 43 percent from the field and seven of 24 from the three-point line and the loss dropped them to 5-7 on the season and 2-5 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after Tuesday’s 119-114 loss at Toronto. Bobby Portis made his season debut and led the team with 21 points, 13 rebounds and four assists, Robin Lopez added 20 points on 10 of 11 shooting while Justin Holiday chipped in with 15 points and four assists. As a team, the Bulls shot 50 percent from the field and 11 of 29 from the three-point line as they poured on 69 points in the second half, but they left themselves too much ground to make up after falling behind by 20 points going into halftime.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team below .400, 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. Meanwhile, the Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last six games following a loss, 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls already lack depth as it is, and now they're entering this game with five players either banged up or out. Possibly no Lopez or Markkanen. The Pacers have looked like a decent team that's playing better than expected. Have to side with the road team and the small line here.