Last Updated: 2017-11-10
The Indiana Pacers (5-7) will be at United Center to challenge the Chicago Bulls (2-7) in a Central Division matchup. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, 2017, and will air on NBC Sports Chicago.
Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls Betting Odds
Both teams fell in their last matchup. The Bulls fell to the Toronto Raptors, 119-114, while the Pacers were defeated by the Detroit Pistons, 114-97.
Indiana had a better turnover percentage (13.5 vs. 13.8) while Chicago did a great job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (23-28; 82.1 percent). Bobby Portis played a pivotal role for Chicago with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Meanwhile, Indiana was led by Al Jefferson, who recorded 19 points and six rebounds.
Chicago may have trouble getting to the charity stripe in this matchup. The Bulls rank 28th in the NBA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.202, while Indiana ranks second in FTA rate allowed (0.217) dating back to last season. Additionally, the Pacers rank fifth in turnover percentage (13.4 percent), while the Bulls rank 29th in opponents’ turnover percentage (13.2 percent).
Games featuring the Pacers have a tendency to finish over the projected point total (58.3 percent). Indiana holds records of 5-7 straight up (SU) and 6-6 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Indiana, Bulls games tend to finish under the total (66.7 percent). Chicago has a solid 5-3-1 record ATS, despite being 2-7 SU.
Thaddeus Young has been playing at a high level as of late for Indiana, averaging 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals over the last five games.
This was a highly competitive series last year. Each won two of the four games played against each other last season. The Pacers won the most recent game 111-101. Indiana’s effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over Chicago. The Pacers had a rate of 0.525 while the Bulls posted a mark of 0.452.
Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls Odds Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Bulls, ATS Winner – Bulls, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
The Pacers rank 15th in points off turnovers per game (16.7) while the Bulls rank 27th (15.4).
Chicago ranks sixth in points allowed in the paint per game (45.0) while Indiana ranks last (41.2).
The Bulls rank first in blocks allowed per game (4.4) while the Pacers rank 19th (5.2).
Chicago ranks first in rebounds per game (46.5) while Indiana ranks 19th (42.0).
Indiana ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (7.9) while Chicago ranks 18th (7.5).
The Bulls rank sixth in second chance points allowed per game (11.7) while the Pacers rank 27th (13.1).
The Pacers average 22.6 assists per game, which ranks eighth in the league. The Bulls rank 23rd in assists allowed per game (23.9).
Chicago ranks sixth in three pointers attempted per game (23.3) while Indiana ranks 11th in three pointers allowed per game (29.1).
Indiana ranks seventh in fast break points per game (10.8) while Chicago ranks 28th (12.9).
Indiana is 24-5 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Chicago is 29-9.
The Bulls are 37-17 when they reach 100 points, while the Pacers are 39-31.