Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls Pick – NBA December 26, 2021

The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls meet at the United Center the day after Christmas in Chicago.

The Pacers are coming off a 118-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. They took control in the 4th quarter after the Rockets went cold from the field.

It’s hard to score only 12 points in a quarter, but that’s what the Rockets did. They put in 12 points to the Pacers’ 27 points to lose touch.

Houston was playing fine enough basketball before the final frame arrived. The Pacers have been up and down with two wins in their last five attempts.

They are heading into tonight at 14-19 on the season. The Pacers were without Domantes Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon but still held up well.

Sabonis and Brogdon are listed as questionable to go Sunday against the Bulls. It isn’t a Covid related thing, so well see if they’re healthy enough tonight.

The Bulls are coming off a win over the Houston Rockets as well. They cut through the Rockets’ defense with ease for a 133-118 win.

Along with a 115-110 win over the Lakers, the Bulls are coming off back-to-back wins and have a win in seven of their last nine attempts.

Chicago is a playoff team at 19-10. They are in a tie with the Milwaukee Bucks, and just two games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the lead in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Caruso will be unavailable with a left foot sprain after injuring it against the Rockets. It could have been something worse, so the Bulls have to take the good with the bad.

Head below for our free Pacers vs. Bulls pick on December 26, 2021.

Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Indiana Pacers +6 (-105) +210 Over 219 (-107)
Chicago Bulls -6 (-115) -290 Under 219 (-113)
Team Data Indiana Pacers Chicago Bulls
Overall Record 14-19 19-10
ATS Record 16-16-1 18-11-0
Away/Home Record 3-12 10-4
ATS Away/Home 6-9-0 9-5-0
Points Per Game 107.9 109.3
Points Against Per Game 106.3 109.3
Field Goal % 45.9 46.6
Three Point % 32.4 37.1

Pacers vs. Bulls Prediction:

The Pacers need to play better defense on the road if they’re leaving the United Center with a win. They took advantage of a cold-shooting quarter from the Rockets, but can’t depend on that happening again versus a team like the Bulls.

If the Rockets shoot just reasonably well in the 4th, they would have been neck and neck with the Pacers. Prior to the final frame, the Rockets scored 28, 30, and 36 points.

That sounds about right for how it’s been going recently for the Pacers’ defense. Leading up to that matchup, the Pacers conceded 114, 113, and 125 points in their last three outings.

Indiana must do better on the perimeter versus the three-ball. They are 20th in the league with opponents shooting 35.5% from downtown.

Overall, opponents are shooting 45.8% versus the Pacers. The Bulls struggled to score against the Cavaliers and Heat, 92 points in each attempt. However, they got back to business versus thinner defenses in the Lakers, 115 points, and Rockets, 133 points.


Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Trends:

Pacers

  • 5-2 ATS in thier previous seven games on a Sunday
  • 7-2 ATS in their previous nine games
  • 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games on the road
  • OVER is 10-4 in their previous 14 games
  • OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games on a Sunday

Bulls

  • 17-6 ATS in their previous 13 games as a betting favorite
  • 14-2 ATS in their previous 16 games on a Sunday
  • OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games as a betting favorite
  • OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games at the United Center
  • OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games on three-day rest

The Bulls are one of the better shooting teams in the NBA. They’ve ridden their consistent hand from the field to a record of 19-10.

Chicago is fifth-best in the league with a field goal percentage of 46.6%. They are dangerous from deep and do the basics well at the free-throw line.

The Bulls are 37.1% from three for third in the NBA. Also, note the Bulls are shooting 81.9% from the charity stripe. Those free points add up after 48 minutes. Indiana has been respectable with a 78.5% free-throw percentage.

The OVER is 3-0 in the Pacers and Bulls’ last three outings, and the OVER is 5-2 in their previous seven meetings. A final score of around 116-110 looks accurate.

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Pacers vs. Bulls Pick
OVER 219
Kyle E / Author

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