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Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Prediction

Indiana Pacers

February 16

00:00

112 : 120

Chicago Bulls

Indiana Pacers

Chicago Bulls

Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Prediction

After successive wins against Detroit and Atlanta, the Indiana Pacers look to even their regular-season home record (7-8) against Zach LaVine's Chicago Bulls overnight. 

Billy Donovan's men lost handily at home against the title-challenging Clippers, with Kawhi Leonard producing a 33-point scoring display to end their eventful week with another defeat – leaving them five games under .500. With that in mind, how will they respond on the road against winnable inter-conference opposition here?

Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Preview

Indiana scored 41 fourth-quarter points en route to a comeback win over a struggling Atlanta Hawks team (11-15), who've lost three straight. 

Cam Reddish's free-throws gave the hosts a nine-point lead with 9:33 left, but Aaron Holiday, Doug McDermott, T.J. McConnell and Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner Myles Turner were all key down the stretch. 

McDermott led them in scoring with 26 points and three triples, while Aaron proved an energiser off the bench - 18 pts on 7-of-11 shooting in 23 minutes. However, the former is doubtful to feature overnight in a recent news update that will impact Chicago’s defensive schemes. 

Per CBS Sports, McDermott is listed as questionable to play against Chicago with a sore right knee. 

Coaching staff hope the 29-year-old SF doesn't miss any time, though he departed their win in Atlanta on Sunday morning with some discomfort - having finished an impressive display with a season-high 37 minutes. 

Through 27 games this term, he's averaging career-highs in points (13.3), FG% (51.5) and rebounds (4.1) per game under new head coach Nate Bjorkgren. Of all currently available players, only All-Star PF Domantas Sabonis (53.1) is shooting at a more efficient clip than McDermott - who is among their deep-range threats. 

As for Chicago, it's understandably become the LaVine show as the 25-year-old SG continues justifying claims for a first-time All-Star berth this term.

Only five players leaguewide are scoring more points than his career-high 28.1 at present through 25 games, while he's also recording highs in FG% (51.9), 3P% (43), rebounds (5.4) and assists (5.3) this term. 

He frequently finds a way: willing them to victory in games they shouldn't be winning, or ensuring teams stay honest - take his 46-point showing as they outlasted New Orleans on Thursday. 

With Lauri Markkanen (shoulder), Otto Porter Jr (back) and others out, he needs more help. Can backcourt partner Coby White and others keep up? 

Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Betting Tips

ESPN's BPI is comfortably backing Indiana to prevail here (64.7%) as 2-to-1 favourites and considering Chicago's injury problems, that's an understandable view. 

However, LaVine provides the visitors with the sort of puncher's chance they need against a Pacers team who have lost six games by five points or less already this season. I'm still picking them too but beware. 

Expert's prediction

Match prediction: Indiana Pacers to win

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05-03-2021

103 - 113 Denver Nuggets

L
04-03-2021

111 - 114 Cleveland Cavaliers

W
02-03-2021

130 - 114 Philadelphia 76ers

L
28-02-2021

110 - 107 New York Knicks

L
27-02-2021

118 - 112 Boston Celtics

L
25-02-2021

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L
18-02-2021

128 - 134 Minnesota Timberwolves

W
16-02-2021

112 - 120 Chicago Bulls

L
14-02-2021

113 - 125 Atlanta Hawks

W
12-02-2021

95 - 111 Detroit Pistons

W

Chicago Bulls

W

124 - 128 New Orleans Pelicans

04-03-2021
L

112 - 118 Denver Nuggets

02-03-2021
D

0 - 0 Toronto Raptors

01-03-2021
L

97 - 106 Phoenix Suns

27-02-2021
W

133 - 126 Minnesota Timberwolves

25-02-2021
W

100 - 120 Houston Rockets

23-02-2021
W

122 - 114 Sacramento Kings

21-02-2021
L

112 - 105 Philadelphia 76ers

20-02-2021
W

105 - 102 Detroit Pistons

18-02-2021
W

112 - 120 Indiana Pacers

16-02-2021
Indiana Pacers vs Chicago Bulls Head to Head (H2H)
16-02-2021

Indiana Pacers

112
120

Chicago Bulls

27-12-2020

Chicago Bulls

106
125

Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers
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Chicago Bulls
Predicted Lineup

Justin Holiday

Domantas Sabonis

Malcolm Brogdon

Myles Turner

Doug McDermott

Zach LaVine

Patrick Williams

Coby White

Daniel Gafford

Garrett Temple

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103-113 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

L

114-111 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

W

114-130 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

107-110 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

112-118 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

107-111 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

L

134-128 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

W

112-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

125-113 vs Atlanta Hawks (A)

W

111-95 vs Detroit Pistons (A)

W
W

128-124 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

L

112-118 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

D

0-0 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

L

97-106 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

W

133-126 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

120-100 vs Houston Rockets (A)

W

122-114 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

L

105-112 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

W

105-102 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

W

120-112 vs Indiana Pacers (A)

103-113 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

L

107-111 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

L

112-120 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L
L

112-118 vs Denver Nuggets (H)

L

97-106 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

W

133-126 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

122-114 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

W

105-102 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

114-111 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

W

114-130 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

L

107-110 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

112-118 vs Boston Celtics (A)

L

134-128 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

W

125-113 vs Atlanta Hawks (A)

W

111-95 vs Detroit Pistons (A)

W
W

128-124 vs New Orleans Pelicans (A)

D

0-0 vs Toronto Raptors (A)

W

120-100 vs Houston Rockets (A)

L

105-112 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

W

120-112 vs Indiana Pacers (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
15.02.2021

Freelance sports editor and writer. Featured on the Sunday Times, MailOnline and more.

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