The 43-26 Indiana Pacers will be on a back to back when they face a rested 36-31 Chicago Bulls in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Chicago is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by WGN TV.
The odds from this NBA pro basketball game has the home team Chicago Bulls favored by -3 ½ points with an over under line of 179 ½ points. There has been no line movement in this game since the odds were released a few hours ago.
This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the Pacers and Bulls with Indiana winning all three games. The Pacers covered the spread in two of the three games.
Indiana has a road record of 15-18 on the season. The Pacers win their third straight after a 102-78 home win on Friday to the Milwaukee Bucks as a -8 point betting favorite. The total came in at under 190 ½ points. Indiana blew open a close game at halftime by outscoring Milwaukee 57-35 in the second half. The Pacers shot 48.1% from the floor and hit on 3 of 12 from the three point line. They limited the Bucks to just 30.7% shooting along with 3 of 19 from beyond the arc. Tyler Hansbrough led Indiana with 22 points and 12 rebounds on 8 of 14 from the field. The Pacers are an outstanding defensive team ranking number one in the NBA in defensive field goal and three point shooting. They allow 89.6 points per game ranking 2nd in the NBA in scoring defense. Indiana holds the second seed in the Eastern conference with a one game lead over the Brooklyn Nets with 17 games remaining.
The Bulls are a disappointing 18-16 straight up on their home court. They lose their second straight all at home following a 99-89 defeat on Thursday to the Portland Trailblazers as a -6 point betting favorite. The game finished right at the closing total of 188 points. Chicago fell behind 52-37 at the half in defeat. They shot just 43.8% from the floor and 4 of 14 from the three point line. The Bulls allowed the Trailblazers 48.8% from the floor and 10 of 21 from three point distance. Joakim Noah led the Bulls with 18 points and six boards on 7 of 10 from the field. No Derrick Rose no offense for the Bulls. All season long it’s been a struggle for this team. There is no timetable for the Chicago point guard to return. The team is 29th and second to last in the NBA in scoring offense putting up 92.7 points per game while defensively their play remain outstanding. In the Eastern conference the Bulls are tied with Boston for the sixth seed and only two games ahead of the eighth seeded Milwaukee Bucks with 15 games remaining.