Chicago Bulls - Indiana Pacers
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The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls meet Friday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Indiana Pacers look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 107.5 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 101.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Victor Oladipo is averaging 19.6 points and 5.5 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 16.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. Domantas Sabonis is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Indiana Pacers have won six of their last nine road games.
The Chicago Bulls could use a feel good win after losing five of their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 100 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 109.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.3 points and 4.5 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 17 points and 7.4 rebounds. Jabari Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last six home games.
The Pacers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 35-17 ATS in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Pacers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 22-8-1 in Bulls last 31 overall. The over is 4-1 in Pacers last 5 overall.
The Indiana Pacers remain one of the hotter teams in the league and are outscoring teams by 15.4 points during their five-game winning streak. The Chicago Bulls continue to get waxed every time they take the floor and are being outscored by 10.4 points at home this season. These are two teams heading in completely different directions and the Pacers have won seven of the last nine meetings, with most of those wins not being close. I have to take the Pacers and the reasonable chalk.