Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 2/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Monday, February 15, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+6.5)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the venue where and the Indiana Pacers (14-13) will take on the Chicago Bulls (10-15) on Monday. Indiana opens this contest as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 230.
The Chicago Bulls played the Los Angeles Clippers and went home with a loss by a final score of 125-106 in their last contest. Chicago walked away from the game having earned a 47.1% FG percentage (40 out of 85) and converted 12 out of their 32 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Bulls converted 14 of their 15 shots for a percentage of 93.3%. When it comes to getting rebounds, they earned 41 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 dimes for the contest as well as having 4 steals and 3 rejections. When it comes to defense, Chicago allowed 58.1% from the field on 50 out of 86 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 20 assists and had 11 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Clippers grabbed 37 rebounds (4 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 7 rejections. Los Angeles walked away from this one shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by burying 12 of their 15 attempts. They also made 13 out of their 30 tries from downtown.
Zach LaVine is one player who was important for this contest. He finished with 26 points on 11 of 21 shooting. He played 34:12 minutes played and collected 9 rebounds. LaVine finished 52.4% from the field and dished out 6 assists. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Bulls was Coby White. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also accounted for 4 assists. He finished shooting 50.0% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 7-of-14 (17 points). When this game wrapped up, White was on the court for 33:45 min.
Chicago comes into this game with a mark of 10-15 this season. They are averaging 114.7 pts per game (7th in basketball) while hitting 48.0% from the field. The Bulls are shooting 38.2% on shots from 3-point land (343 of 897) and 79.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Chicago is grabbing 43.6 rebounds per contest and has racked up 658 assists for the year, which ranks 9th in basketball in terms of passing. They turn it over 16.4 times per game and as a group are committing 20.4 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Bulls are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and they draw 19.6 fouls. The Bulls defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 47.9% (361 of 491) and they surrender 42.7 boards per game as a group. They currently rank 7th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 600 surrendered on the year. They are surrendering 36.7% on 3-pointers and they are 27th in the NBA in opponents points per game (116.1).
In their last game, the Indiana Pacers got the victory with a final of 125-113 against the Atlanta Hawks. The Pacers collected 36 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 43 for this contest. They also blocked 6 attempts while earning 8 steals for the game. The Hawks committed 24 personal fouls in this contest which took the Pacers to the free throw line for a total of 27 tries. They were able to knock down 23 of the free throw tries for a rate of 85.2%. In terms of shooting from distance, Indiana converted 12 of their 31 attempts (38.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Pacers finished the game shooting 45 out of 89 from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.6%. The Pacers permitted the Hawks to bury 43 of 90 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 47.8% in this contest. They finished 29.0% from distance by going 9 of 31 and finished the contest at 18 of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Indiana allowed Atlanta to collect 38 in total (7 offensive).
Doug McDermott ended up being a factor for the Pacers in this contest. He knocked down 9 of 16 in the game giving him a rate of 56.3%, which earned him 26 points. McDermott snagged 3 rebounds in his 36:33 minutes of time on the court and totaled 3 dimes in this matchup. Someone else who came through for Indiana was Myles Turner. He scored 19 points in 33:45 minutes played via 6 out of 11 shooting for the matchup. Turner walked away from this one going 54.5% from the floor as well as earning 2 assists and 10 total rebounds.
Indiana has a record of 14-13 on the year. As an offensive unit, the Pacers are connecting on 47.5% from the floor, which ranks 9th in basketball. Indiana has 3,044 points this year (112.7 per game) and they collect 42.5 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 27.0 times per contest (5th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.3 times per contest. The Pacers are responsible for committing 20.5 fouls every game and they connect on 76.9% from the free throw line. The Pacers on defense are ranked 10th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 111.0. They are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the field (13th in the league). The Indiana defense surrenders 37.8% on 3-point attempts (333 of 880) and their opposition makes 77.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrender 25.3 assists and 44.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is 22nd and 17th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+6.5)
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