Pacers vs Bulls Odds & Picks: Can Chicago Keep the Momentum Going?

The Chicago Bulls might be coming off what will be their signature win for the entire season on their 4th game of the season

The Chicago Bulls might be coming off what will be their signature win for the entire season on their 4th game of the season.  The Bulls beat the Celtics 120 – 102 Monday night after entering the game as a heavy underdog.  The Bulls outscored the Celtics in the 2nd and 3rd quarters by a combined 29 points after a slow start in the 1st quarter.

On the other hand, The Pacers have started slowly with a 1-3 start this season and are coming off a year where they were 2-14 in Central Division games. Tonight is game 2 of a 5-game road trip for the Pacers after opening up 1-2 at home.

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Bulls vs. Rockets Best Bets

Bulls -7.5 (-110, DraftKings)

On Monday night the Pacers gave the 76ers their first win of the season with a 120-106 result. The Bulls saw the path to victory minimizing the impact of Tyrese Haliburton who is averaging close to a double-double with 24 PPG and 9.8 APG and Bennedict Mathurin who is averaging 22.3 points per game.  Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield were held to 19 and 18 points respectively.

With the Bulls coming off their most impressive offensive and defensive performance of the season and the Pacers coming off their biggest loss of the season I believe the Bulls take care of business and cover the 8-point spread.

Risk: 1.10 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit

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Bulls vs. Pacers 1H Total Over 120.5 Points (-105, DraftKings)

The Pacers have hit the 1H game total over in 49 of their last 70 games and have hit the game total over in 43 of their last 67 games while the Bulls are coming off of their highest point total of the season scoring 120 points at home.

Zach Lavine missed the first two games of the season for knee management but has had no minute restrictions the last two games.  The big three for the Bulls (Demar DeRozan, Lavine, and Nikola Vucevic) are averaging a combined 66.1 points per game but the key to this over is how well the second unit is playing.  Since Ayo Dosunmu was elevated to a starting role with Lonzo Ball starting the season injured Alex Caruso and Goran Dragic continue to have important roles.  With the second unit vs one of the best defenses in the NBA defenses, they combined for 10 assists.

I expect this to be a high-scoring 1st half and the 70% trend of the Pacers’ last 70 games to continue.

Risk: 1.05 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit

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