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Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/6/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (13-25) at Indiana Pacers (19-19)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

The Line: Indiana Pacers -5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Pacers play host to the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday night.

The Indiana Pacers are in a world of hurt as they’ve lost eight of their last 112 games and they will be hoping to avoid a sixth straight defeat after falling to the Bucks in a 122-101 road loss on Wednesday. Domantas Sabonis led the team with 24 points on 10 of 13 shooting off the bench, Darren Collison added 17 points while Lance Stephenson chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Pacers shot 48 percent from the field and a miserable three of 15 from the three-point line which was never going to be enough to hang with the Bucks who were led by 31 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo. Victor Oladipo missed his fourth straight game with a knee injury and is listed as a game-time decision for Saturday.

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Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/6/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last nine games but they will be feeling pretty good after snapping a three-game skid with last night’s 127-124 win over the Mavericks. Kris Dunn led the team with 32 points and nine assists, Justin Holiday added 23 points while Lauri Markkanen chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 56 percent from the field and 14 of 28 from the three-point line as they poured in a season-high 47 points in the fourth quarter to escape with the narrow win after trailing by eight points after three quarters. With the win, Chicago improved to 14-25 overall and 5-15 on the road.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Pacers are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings, the under is 8-1 in the last nine meetings in Indiana and the Bulls are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings in Indiana. 

I'm not sure how anybody can turn down free points with the Chicago Bulls with the way they're playing. The Bulls have covered eight of their last nine road games and 16 of their last 22 games overall. Meanwhile, the Pacers have failed to cover their last six games and are being outscored by 5.6 points in their last five games. The value is with the points and the covering machine.

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