Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Line: Indiana -8 -- Over/Under 219.5
The Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
The Chicago Bulls have been enjoying their best run of the season as they’ve won five of their last seven games, but they will be looking to bounce back after falling short against the Hawks in a 123-118 home loss on Sunday. Lauri Markkanen led the team in scoring but shot just six of 21 for his 19 points, Antonio Blakeney added 17 points off the bench while Robin Lopez chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 51 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line, but they could’ve done with more support from Zach LaVine who finished with just 12 points after pouring in a career-high 47 points on Friday. With the loss, Chicago fell to 18-46 on the season and 7-25 at home.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers were one of the hottest teams during their six-game win streak, but they’ve since cooled off with four losses in their last seven games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Magic in a 117-112 home loss on Saturday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 25 points, Darren Collison added 23 points with 10 assists while Thaddeus Young chipped in with 13 points and five assists. As a team, the Pacers shot a healthy 54 percent form the field and seven of 27 from the 3-point line as they were seemingly in control for most of the game until things unraveled in the fourth quarter where the Magic outscored them by 34-25 to steal the game late. With the tough loss, Indiana fell to 41-23 overall and 24-9 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Pacers are 7-0 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a road record below .400, 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 22-9 ATS in their last 31 games following a loss.
Head to head, the under is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings, the Bulls are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Indiana but 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Bulls are playing some of their best basketball of the season, but they’re coming off a tough loss to the Hawks and haven’t had any success against the Pacers who have won all three earlier meetings this season. The Bulls are just 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Indiana and I think that trend continues as the Pacers get out of their rut with a win here to complete the series sweep.