Indiana Pacers (1-0) at Chicago Bulls (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +4.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Pacers pay a visit to United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
The Indiana Pacers will be gunning for a second straight win to start the season after making light work of the lowly Knicks in a 121-107 home win on Wednesday. Domantas Sabonis led the team with 32 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, Victor Oladipo added 22 points with four assists while Malcolm Brogdon chipped in with 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Pacers shot 48 percent from the field and eight of 34 from the 3-point line as they trailed by five points at halftime, before snapping out of their funk in the second half where they outscored the Knicks by 60-41 to win in a blowout.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls are looking to bounce back after getting blown off the court by the Hawks in a 124-104 home loss on Wednesday. Zach LaVine led the team with 22 points on nine of 19 shooting, Lauri Markkanen added 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Patrick Williams chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 41 percent from the field and eight of 35 from the 3-point line, but they were never really in the contest after the Hawks exploded for 42 points in the first quarter and 83 points in the first half. In fact, the Bulls trailed by as many as 40 points before making a run late to keep the finals scores somewhat respectable.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on two days rest, 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Bulls are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on two days rest and 9-24 ATS in their last 33 games as a home underdog.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Chicago and the Pacers are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
We are just one game into the season and already these two teams are miles apart as the Pacers come into this one looking to build on a dominant win while the Bulls are just looking to forget an ugly home loss where they trailed by as many as 40 points at one stage. The Pacers are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall and I think that trend continues here as the Pacers should be too good once again.