Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls - 12/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Bulls (19-10) vs Indiana Pacers (14-19)
Game Info: Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls -8.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls meet Sunday in NBA action at the United Center. The Indiana Pacers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls look for a win after winning six of their last eight games.
The Indiana Pacers are averaging 107.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 19 points and 6.1 assists, while Domantas Sabonis is averaging 18.1 points and 11.6 rebounds. Caris LeVert is the third double-digit scorer and Myles Turner is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.
The Chicago Bulls are averaging 109.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 106.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 26.8 points and 4.2 assists, while Zach LaVine is averaging 26 points and 5.3 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Lonzo Ball is dishing 5 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game.
The Pacers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest. The Bulls are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 Sunday games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games. The over is 10-4 in Pacers last 14 overall. The over is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 home games. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Indiana Pacers have run hot and cold all season long, and they're a tough team to figure out which side is going to show up. What we do know is the Pacers could be without their top-two scorers here in Brogdon and Sabonis. The Chicago Bulls are healthy in terms of their top players being available, and they play their best ball at home where they win by an average of 5.6 points. This line indicates the Pacers will be missing their best players. I have to side with the Bulls if that's the case.
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Randy’s Pick Chicago Bulls -8.5
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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