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: Wednesday, February 15th
- Betting Odds IND -3, CHI +119 | IND -145 O/U 231.0
The Bulls come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-31. So far, the team has gone 29-28-0 against the spread. The Bulls head into today’s action in the midst of a 4 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -10.75.
In their previous game, the Bulls were favored to win vs the Magic. However, their 100-91 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. In the defeat, Chicago did not outscore the Magic in a single quarter. In the loss, Zach LaVine led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 45.0%.
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 25-34, while going 30-28-1 vs the spread. Against the Bulls, the Pacers are looking to break out of a 5 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -11.4 points per contest.
Indiana is trying to bounce back from a 123-117 loss to the Jazz. Going into this game, the team was 1 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. 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 Tyrese Haliburton, as he contributed 30 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Bulls picked up the 124-109 win over the Pacers. The Bulls point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 7.0 point favorite. So far, the two team’s have split their season series, with each team at 1-1. 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. In terms of betting, Chicago has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Indiana. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +5 points per game in favor of the Bulls. A combined average of 225 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 57 games, Chicago is averaging 113.3 points per game (19th). Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.2 made 3’s per game. If the Chicago offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 13.4 turnovers per game.
Against the Pacers, the Bulls will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 17th in points allowed.
Zach LaVine is expected to play a key role in Chicago’s scoring efforts against the Indiana today, as DeMar DeRozan is unavailable. DeRozan is the team’s leading scorer this season with 25.4 points per game. LaVine is 2nd in scoring for the team with 23.9 points per game, which ranks him 25.0th in the NBA. In his 53 games, he has hit 46.9% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 4.8 rebounds per game.
The Pacers come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 114.5 points per game. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.7 made 3’s per game. If the Indiana offense is going to improve, they would benefit from attacking the basket and generating looks at the line. So far, they are ranked just 13th in made free-throws per game.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
Shooting Guard Buddy Hield currently leads the Pacers at 17.4 points per game. For the season, he is 137th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 15.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Hield is averaging 4.9 boards and 2.7 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 15th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Bennedict Mathurin enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 59 games, he is averaging 17.3 and is 189th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Bulls vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers -3
- Free Total Prediction: Over 231.0