The Chicago Bulls host the Indiana Pacers, Saturday April 16th, in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarter Finals. The Bulls have won three of their last five over the Pacers. NBA oddsmakers have the Bulls as whopping -11.5 point home favourites over the Pacers with the over/under set at 188.5 points. Be sure to check the Pacers vs Bulls NBA Point Spreads and get your predictions in early.
Indiana (13-28 V) enters the playoffs winning five of their final ten games, but losing three of their last five games on the road. With any 37-win team, the Pacers have their weaknesses. And it's mainly on the offensive end, while they've had a defense ranked around where the Bulls offense is (slightly above average), they're one of the worst offenses in the league. And stopping teams is kinda the Bulls deal. It's tough to see many chances for the Pacers in any area. Before looking perhaps something could be made for the Bulls (and Rose) occasionally having high-turnover games, but that aspect of the Pacers defense turns out to be woeful. Now what's interesting is that the midseason coaching change from Jim O'Brien to interim Frank Vogel did produce a statistical shift in how the Pacers play that may not be properly reflected in the full-season stats. The Pacers are averaging 96.4ppg on the road and have averaged 105.8ppg in their last five games.
Chicago (36-5 H) is the hottest team heading into the playoffs winning nine of their final ten games and winning four of their last five at home. Chicago catapulted to the top of the Eastern Conference and earned homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs by finishing with the NBA's best record. Not since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen led a pair of three-peats in the 1990s have the Bulls been this good, and their all-star point guard from Chicago's South Side has a chance to take his place alongside the greats. Rose is ranked seventh in scoring (25 points per game) and 10th in assists (7.7), making him the only player this season in the top 10 in both categories. The only other Bull to do so was Jordan in 1988-89, when he led the league in scoring (32.5 points) and finished 10th in assists, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau. Rose's 4.1 rebounding averaging also puts him in another elite group. He's the seventh player in league history to average at least 25 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds, along with Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Wade and James, according to Elias. His scoring rose about three points from his regular-season average to 19.7 in that thrilling seven-game series against Boston two years ago, and he was even better in the playoffs last season. He averaged 26.8 points in five games against Cleveland after scoring 20.8 during the season. the Bulls put up a 62-20 record even though prized acquisition Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah missed long stretches with injuries.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.
Pacers are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Pacers are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Chicago.
Pacers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog of 11.0 or greater.
Pacers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog of 11.0 or greater.
Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
Pacers vs Bulls
When: Saturday, April 16, 1:00 PM ET
Pick: Bulls -11.5
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The Bottom Line: The Bulls don’t lose at home. Be sure to check Pacers vs Bulls Basketball Point Spreads and get your predictions in early.