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The 34-25 Chicago Bulls will travel on a back to back as they face a rested Indiana Pacers in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday night. Tip off time from Indiana is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The NBA odds from this game has the home team Indiana Pacers favored by -7 points with an over under line of 179 ½ points. Early money has not moved this betting line since the odds came out a few hours ago.
The Bulls are 17-11 on the road this season. They win their second straight following a 96-85 home win against the Brooklyn Nets as a -4 ½ point betting favorite. The game landed over 177 ½ points. Chicago pulled ahead by a 53-39 margin at the half. They shoot 52.1% from the floor and hi ton 6 of 15 from three. The Bulls held the Nets to 44.4% from the floor and forced 21 Brooklyn turnovers. Joakim Noah had 21 points and 10 rebounds on 10 of 13 shooting for Chicago. Against a team like the Nets the Bulls defense can carry them to victory. It’s the game against the top teams in the league where they struggle. The Bulls are 28th in the NBA in scoring offense by averaging just 92.7 points a game. On defense they rank third in the three major categories of points allowed, field goal and three point defending.
The Pacers are 24-6 on their home court. They win their sixth game in seven tries following a 93-81 road win on Friday night to the Toronto Raptors as a -2 point betting favorite. The game landed under 185 ½ points. Indiana allowed Toronto just 34 first half points. They shot 48.6% for the game with 7 of 20 three pointers. Indiana pulled down 13 more rebounds than Toronto and a good thing they did because the Pacers were slopy with 20 turnovers. The team held the Raptors to 40.3% from the floor. Paul George led Indiana with 22 points and 10 rebounds on 8 of 16 from the floor. Defensively the Pacers are the number one team in all three significant areas which are points allowed, defensive field goal and three point shooting.