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Chicago vs. Indiana,
03/05/2019 19:00 EDT,
Score: 96 - 105
Point Spread: +7½/-110 Chicago
8* Chicago (7:05 ET): Indiana was a team I expected to regress after they had gone an extremely fortunate 11-2 SU in games decided by three points or less last season. But for much of this season, it appeared as if the team might actually IMPROVE upon last year's 48-win total. Then Victor Oladipo went down w/ a season-ending injury. The Pacers lost the first four games w/o Oladipo, but then shockingly would go on to win the next six and eight of nine overall. But they've started to slip again, losing three of four, and I'll grab the points in tonight's matchup w/ the Bulls as I think Indiana is a vulnerable favorite here.
Now Chicago is by no means a good team. But they do come into this evening having gone a very solid 5-2 SU/ATS their last seven games. They did just fail at an attempt to sweep a home and home w/ fellow bottom-dwellar Atlanta on Sunday, losing 123-118. That came on the heels of a wild 4OT affair two nights prior when they beat the Hawks 168-161 in the third highest scoring game in NBA history. The Bulls are 0-3 SU vs. the Pacers this season, but all three losses have been by six points or less and this is the first time they'll get to face them since the Oladipo injury took place.
The Pacers are off a loss here as they fell right here at home to Orlando Saturday night, 117-112 as three-point favorites. That game saw the team get clearly bothered by the officiating, which irked HC Nate McMillan. But Indiana also allowed Orlando to shoot 50% from the floor, which you don't see very often by a Pacers' opponent. Another key player in handicapping this game is Otto Porter Jr, who the Bulls acquired at the trade deadline from Washington. They are 6-2 SU w/ Porter in the lineup and 0-2 when he sits. He sat Sunday, but will be back tonight. Something else worth noting is that Indiana is just 4-8 ATS in division games this season. 8* Chicago