Check out our free Bulls vs Pacers pick and preview for this NBA game in Indianapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bulls vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers
- Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- Date: Tuesday, January 24th
- Betting Odds IND -1, CHI -118 | IND -103 O/U 237.0
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 22-24, while going 25-21-0 vs the spread. Against the Pacers, the Bulls are going for their 4th straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 14.33 points per game in this stretch.
In their previous game, the Bulls took down the Hawks by a score of 111-100. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 1 point favorites. Chicago entered the second half with a 9a point lead, and were able to slightly extend that margin and prevent a second half comeback by the Hawks. In the win, DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 52.4%.
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 23-25, while going 26-21-1 vs the spread. Today, the Pacers will be looking to snap a 7 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -12.43 points per contest.
Not only did the Pacers drop their last game to the Suns. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 112-107 as 3 point underdogs. Indiana was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 2. Leading the team in scoring was Bennedict Mathurin, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 35.3% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Bulls saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Pacers, averaging 105.0 points per game. While the Bulls struggled on offense in the series, the Pacers maintained their usual level of scoring at 108.75 vs Chicago. Spanning across the last 5 head-to-head matchups, the Bulls and Pacers have been competitive, with an average margin of victory sitting at just 0 points per game. This has resulted in a 3-2 ATS record for Chicago. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 216 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Bulls come into today’s game as the 13th ranked scoring offense at 114.7 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.2 per contest. So far, the Bulls offensive game plan has revolved around working the ball inside, as despite being a below-average team in pace they are 5th in made 2-point field goals per game.
Against the Pacers, the Bulls will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 17th in points allowed.
On offense, DeMar DeRozan leads the Bulls in scoring at 26.1 points per game, placing him 17th in the NBA. Overall, DeRozan has hit 50.6% of his shots while accounting for 21.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 25th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 24.0 points per game, Zach LaVine is the 2nd leading scorer for the Bulls. For the season, he is 78th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.2%.
The Indiana offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 12th ranked offense at 115.0 points per game. For the season, the Pacers have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 9th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Pacers are 20th in fields goals made per contest.
On defense, the Pacers will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 26th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Pacers offense has primarily worked through Buddy Hield and Bennedict Mathurin who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 48 games, Hield is 68th in the NBA at 17.5 points per game. So far, him and Mathurin have accounted for 30% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 34.8 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Bennedict Mathurin is grabbing 4.0 rebounds for Indiana to go along with 1.4 assists.
Bulls vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls -1.0
- Free Total Prediction: Under 237.0