Chicago Bulls (19-30) at Indiana Pacers (30-17)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Line/Odds: Pacers (-9); Over/Under: 214.5
Free NBA Prediction Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers
This will be the third of four matchups between the Bulls and Pacers this season. The Pacers have won both games against the Bulls this season both coming by double digits. The first game saw the Pacers take a 108-95 win on their home floor. TJ Warren led the Pacers in scoring with 26 points while Malcolm Brogdon finished with 22 points and seven assists. The Bulls were led by Zach Lavine who finished with 21 points while Wendell Carter Jr. finished with a double double 20 points and 10 rebounds missing one of 10 shot attempts.
In the second game, the Pacers won again this time on the road by a score of 116-105. The Pacers were without Malcolm Brogdon in this game and were led in scoring by Myles Turner this time around. He finished with a double double 27 points and 14 rebounds while Aaron Holiday came off the bench to score 19 points and eight assists. Turner and Holiday were two of five players to score in double figures for the Pacers. For the Bulls, Zach Lavine once again led the Bulls in scoring this time scoring 43 points adding six rebounds. Rookie Coby White came off the bench to score 23 points for the Bulls.
This game will be must different for the Indiana Pacers because for the first time since January 23, 2019, Victor Oladipo will be in the lineup. Oladipo has been out with a quad injury that he suffered in a game against the Toronto Raptors. Before his injury, in 36 games last season, Oladipo averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals with the Pacers’ record standing at 32-15 good for third place in the Eastern Conference. As of now, the Pacers are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference though there are only three games between the second seeded Toronto Raptors and the sixth place Pacers.
The Bulls are currently one spot out of the playoff line two games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth seed in the NBA Playoffs. However, they are dealing with a multitude of top players being out with long-term injuries as Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr., and Lauri Markkanen are all out with serious injuries that could keep them out beyond the All-Star break. Meanwhile, Bulls top scorer Zach Lavine has been on a tear as of late scoring at least 20 points in each of the past 15 games averaging 29.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists in that span. This makes him one of two players in franchise history to have multiple 15 game streaks scoring 20 points or more (Michael Jordan).
Chicago are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.
Chicago are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games against Indiana.
Chicago are 6-13 SU in their last 19 games against an opponent in the Central division.
Indiana are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games.
Indiana are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games at home.
Indiana are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games this season.
The Pacers are going to win this game could come by 20 points or more. There are just too many injuries facing the Bulls right now for me to say they can beat the Pacers in this game tonight. They have played well as of late but all of their wins have come against teams with records below .500. In fact, they have only beaten one team this season that currently has a record of .500 or better (Los Angeles Clippers). The outcome is not the biggest question coming into this game. The biggest question is how is Victor Oladipo going to look in his return to the court. I am excited to see him come back and if the Pacers are going to be able to make a second half run for home court in the playoffs. As far as this game goes though, Pacers for the win.