Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 3/5/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
The Indiana Pacers are on their way to United Center on Sunday where they will meet the Chicago Bulls.
The Pacers stepped onto the hardwood against the Spurs and took a loss by a score of 110-99 in their last contest. In relation to fouls, the Pacers finished with 18 while the Spurs accumulated 14 fouls. They converted 10 out of their 32 tries from beyond the arc. San Antonio walked away from this one shooting 76.9% from the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of 13 tries. On top of that, San Antonio had 50 rebounds (13 offensive, 37 defensive) and earned 8 rejections. San Antonio doled out 31 assists and had 5 steals for the game. When discussing the defense, Indiana allowed the other team to shoot 45.9% from the floor on 45 out of 98 shooting. They also doled out 23 assists for this game while forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In reference to rebounding, they earned 40 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Pacers made 9 of their 11 shots for a percentage of 81.8%. Indiana wrapped up the game with a 45.6% field goal percentage (41 out of 90) and made 8 of their 23 3-point attempts.
Buddy Hield is one guy who was important in this game. Hield finished 70.6% from the field and totaled 4 dimes. He was on the court for 34 mins and also pulled down 4 rebounds. He finished with 27 points on 12 out of 17 shooting.
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Indiana steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 28-36 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 114.9 points per contest (13th in the league) while connecting on 46.1% from the field. The Pacers are connecting on 36.4% from downtown (884 of 2,430) and 79.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Indiana is grabbing 41.5 boards per game and has earned 1,700 dimes for the year, which is 4th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.0 times per contest and as a group are committing 21.3 fouls per game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Pacers are able to force 15.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.1 personal fouls. They are giving up 37.1% from beyond the arc and they are 24th in the league in points per game allowed (117.3). The Pacers are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.6% (2,699 of 5,669) and they concede 45.8 boards per game as a basketball team. They rank 29th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,684 surrendered so far this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Bulls went home defeated by a final of 125-104 when they faced the Suns. In reference to how they attacked the glass, Chicago permitted Phoenix to get 41 overall (13 offensive). They shot 42.6% from three-point range by shooting 20 out of 47 and finished the game at 21 of 25 at the charity stripe (84.0%). The Bulls allowed the Suns to make 42 of their 84 tries from the field which had them at 50.0% in this game. Overall, the Bulls finished the game shooting 39 out of 83 from the field which had them shooting 47.0%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, Chicago knocked down 7 of 23 tries (30.4%). They were able to bury 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 76.0%. The Suns were called for 20 fouls for the game which took the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 25 attempts. They also turned the ball over 8 times, while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Bulls earned 25 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 for this contest.
DeMar DeRozan ended up being a major contributor for the Bulls for this game. He converted 13 of 18 for the game for a rate of 72.2%, but wasn't able to grab a board. DeRozan accumulated 31 points in his 36 minutes of playing time and tallied 6 dimes in the game.
Chicago has a win-loss record of 29-35 on the year. As an offensive team, the Bulls are hitting on 48.8% from the floor, which is 6th in the NBA. Chicago has scored 7,224 points this season (112.9 per contest) and they average 42.7 boards per game. They are getting an assist 24.2 times per game (21st in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.8 times per game. The Bulls are committing 19.4 fouls per game and they shoot 80.7% from the free throw line.
The Chicago defense surrenders 35.3% from downtown (833 of 2,361) and their opponents are making 78.2% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 25.8 assists and 43.3 rebounds per contest, which ranks 20th and 14th in basketball. The Bulls on the defensive side of the court are 10th in the league in PPG given up with 112.5. They have forced 14.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.7% from the floor (9th in basketball).
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana
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