Don’t miss out on the NBA showdown between the Pacers and Bulls. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on NBCS, and it’s hosted by the Bulls at United Center in Chicago, IL. Get ready to place your bets! The Pacers come into this Central division matchup as the favorite to pick up the win. Currently, the over/under for the game is at 241.5 points.

INDIANA PACERS VS CHICAGO BULLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Chicago Bulls +2.5

This game will be played at United Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.

WHY BET THE CHICAGO BULLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 113-112 in favor of the Pacers.
  • Our projections have Tyrese Haliburton finishing with Tyrese Haliburton points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pacers finishing with a field goal percentage of 51.2% and knocking down 14 threes.

Will Indiana Secure A Victory as Road Favorites?

Indiana heads into today’s matchup vs. the Bulls as the 2.5-point favorites. So far, they have gone 15-14 overall and 8th in the Eastern Conference.

When playing on the road, the Pacers have an even 7-7 record and have been the underdog in 15 of their 22 road games.

When looking at their over/under record for the season, the Pacers are 21-8. Their games have averaged 251.8 points and have an average over/under line of 242.

Today’s over/under line of 241.5 is slightly lower than the 240 points the Pacers combined to score in their last game. Indiana won the game by a score of 123-117 and also covered the spread as 3.5-point underdogs.

The Pacers’ offense is averaging 126.3 points per game and are coming off a game where they scored 123 points. On the season, the Pacers are 2nd in field goal attempts per game and have a field goal percentage of 50%. Additionally, the Pacers are averaging 102.7 possessions per game this season.

Currently, the Pacers’ defense holds the 29th rank in the NBA, allowing 125.5 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Pacers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.3% and allowing 38.6% from beyond the arc.

Will the Bulls Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

At home this season, the Bulls are 10-8, and they have gone 4-10 on the road. Against the spread, their home record is 10-8, and they are 17-15 ATS for the season.

Chicago’s over/under record for the season is 17-14-1, and their games have averaged 222.6 points compared to an average over/under line of 221.1.

Chicago’s straight-up record this season is 14-18, and they have gone 9-12 in games against other Eastern Conference teams, including 3-4 in their division.

As the underdog, the Bulls have picked up wins in each of their last three games and are 8-12 this season when considered the underdog. Against the spread, Chicago has covered five straight games on the road and are 12-8 vs. the spread as the underdog.

In their last game, the Bulls took down the Hawks by a score of 118-113. Chicago was 2-point underdogs going into the game and ended up winning by five. The over/under line for the game was 237 points.

In their most recent game, the Bulls scored 118 points against the Hawks. They shot 45.7% from the field and knocked down 7 three-pointers. DeMar DeRozan was the Bulls leading scorer with 25 points while Andre Drummond added 24 points.

The Bulls’ defense is presently ranked 10th in the league, allowing an average of 112.4 points per contest. So far this season, the Bulls’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 17th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 23.1 times per game vs. Chicago.