The Chicago Bulls will aim to solve their road woes on Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers. Chicago has lost four straight away from home, with a 10-12 road record in 2020-21. Indiana is two games ahead of Chicago in the overall standings, but the Pacers have struggled to an ugly 8-14 record at home this season. Garrett Temple (hamstring) and Daniel Theis (not with team) are out for the Bulls, with Domantas Sabonis (ankle), Malcolm Brogdon (hip) and Jeremy Lamb (toe) listed as questionable for Indiana.
Tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. ET in Indianapolis. The latest Bulls vs. Pacers odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Chicago as a one-point favorite, while the over-under for total points expected is set at 227. Before finalizing any Pacers vs. Bulls picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Bulls vs. Pacers spread: Bulls -1
- Bulls vs. Pacers over-under: 227 points
- Bulls vs. Pacers money line: Bulls -115, Pacers -105
- CHI: The Bulls are 5-5 against the spread in the last 10 games
- IND: The Pacers are 4-6 against the spread in the last 10 games
Why the Bulls can cover
The Bulls are a top-10 shooting team in the NBA virtually across the board. Chicago ranks within the top 10 in effective field goal percentage (54.8 percent) and true shooting percentage (57.9 percent), while landing at No. 6 in the league in free throw shooting (80.1 percent). Zach LaVine is a big reason for that success, averaging 27.4 points per game and shooting 52.1 percent from the floor and 41.1 percent from 3-point distance. The Bulls also move the ball well, ranking in the top eight in assists (26.4 per game) and assisting on 62.0 percent of their field goals.
Chicago is an excellent rebounding team, headlined by the No. 1 defensive rebound rate (76.2 percent) in the NBA this season. Billy Donovan's team is also No. 3 in the NBA in limiting 3-pointers, with opponents converting only 11.4 triples per game. Finally, the Bulls can take solace in a Pacers team that ranks near the bottom of the league in both free throw creation and offensive rebounding.
Why the Pacers can cover
Indiana has notable strengths on both offense and defense. The Pacers are an above-average shooting team, posting an effective field goal shooting mark of 54.1 percent, and the Pacers generate 26.9 assists per game, ranking in the top five of the sport. Indiana is also above-average in avoiding turnovers, and the Pacers are No. 6 in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.93). The Bulls rank 24th in the NBA in defensive rating, giving up more than 1.12 points per possession, and the Pacers should find offensive success.
Defensively, the Pacers are above-average overall, yielding only 1.11 points per possession to their opponents. They are a top-five in turnover creation rate (15.1 percent), with top-four marks in steals (8.6 per game) and blocks (6.1 per game) for the season. Chicago is one of the league's worst teams at taking care of the ball, committing a turnover on 15.3 percent of offensive possessions, and the Bulls are also the second-worst squad in the NBA in creating free throw attempts.
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