Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers NBA Picks & Predictions 12/4/2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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The Chicago Bulls travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Indiana as 9 point favorites.
The Bulls head into this matchup with a mark of 5-19. They are 4th in the Central Division. They have a point differential of -9.6 as they average 103.4 points per contest while giving up 113.0 per game. The Pacers have an overall mark of 13-10. They currently are 3rd in the Central Division. They total 106.2 points per contest and give up 102.7, which is a point differential of 3.5.
Valuable Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 11-13-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 8-16-0 against the over/under
Important Indiana Pacers Betting Trends
The Indiana Pacers are 10-12-1 against the spread
The Indiana Pacers are 10-13-0 against the over/under
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
10/25/18 F Bobby Portis Knee is out 4-6 weeks
10/23/18 PG Kris Dunn Knee is out 4-6 weeks
10/20/18 G Denzel Valentine Ankle is out for season
Key Indiana Pacers Injuries
12/03/18 G Victor Oladipo Knee is out indefinitely
Zach Lavine comes into this contest averaging 25.0 points per game while playing 35.9 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 5.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 87%. Jabari Parker averages 16.6 points per game in 32.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.4 assists per contest and 7.4 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 71%.
Bojan Bogdanovic averages 16.0 points per game while playing 31.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.7 rebounds per game and has 1.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 53% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Domantas Sabonis averages 14.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 24.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.1 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 64% and his free throw percentage is 76%.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago averages 103.4 points per contest this season, which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -9.6 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 41.9 rebounds per game and 22.2 assists per game, which ranks them 26th and 24th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 14.8 per game. The Bulls allow 113.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 15th and 14th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.4 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 24.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 13.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Indiana is 24th in the league with 106.2 points per game this year. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 48%, while their average scoring margin is 3.5. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 4th in the NBA. They are 25th in the league in rebounding with 42.2 boards per game, and 10th in assists per contest with 24.5. The Pacers are 11th in turnovers per game with 14.6. The Pacers surrender 102.7 points per contest, which ranks them 1st in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 6th and 30th in those defensive statistics. They rank 12th with 23.2 assists allowed per contest and 4th with 42.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pacers were 25th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.7 per game last season.
The Bulls are 30th in the NBA in offensive rating with 101.9, and their defensive rating of 111.3 is ranked 19th. In terms of pace they are 11th in the league with 100.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 28th. As a team they are 27th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 19th in the league. Chicago is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 11th in the league.
Indiana is 7th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 18th in the league. The Pacers are 21st in the NBA in offensive rating with 108.5, and their defensive rating of 104.9 is ranked 3rd. In terms of pace they are 26th in the league with 97.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 5th. As a team they are 11th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shots, ranking 27th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Pacers NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago +9
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