Pacers vs. Bulls Pick NBA – December 30th

Things have gone from “really bad” to “women and children first!” in Phoenix. Unfortunately, the coaches may not get out alive. The Suns lost their best player Eric Bledsoe for the season as it was announced he will have season-ending knee surgery. They were already struggling, and things are nearly certain to get worse. The Suns have asked Marcus Morris to “apologize” which is seems like he is not likely to do (why? To both, actually) but the true apology might be due to their fans. Remember when we looked like we were building this young core to contend in the future? Yeah, we traded all those guys and the one we kept is now injured. But here’s a Steve Nash DVD!

I feel like I need an apology as well. My rough week got rougher last night as Houston went “Rockets” in the last two minutes and completely stopped making baskets (especially free-throws with the hack a Dwight & Capella show played out perfectly for Atlanta) and the Hawks stormed late to grab a nice road win. It was another loser for me. It’s still been a very positive month and season, but a week skid is never fun. Let’s end it tonight. (PS – I’m real wary of the Warriors tonight laying 8.5 in Dallas with the rumor that Curry might sit…)

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Today’s Free Pick:

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls -3

Tonight has “Big Game Bulls” written all over it. The same team that has lost to New York, Phoenix and Brooklyn this month also boasts wins over Oklahoma City (on the road), Cleveland, San Antonio and Toronto. Expect tonight to be a game that gets their attention as they try to win back-to-back games for the perplexingly first time in December.

Paul George has been slumping lately and his reward tonight? Jimmy Butler. Have fun PG-13.   It could very well be another long night for the Pacers star, which usually spells trouble. The Pacers have relied on good three point shooting and bail-us-out nights from George much of the season. They are just 2-7 when he scores 19 or less points. Expect Jimmy Butler to take that challenge personally, even if Coach Hoiberg doesn’t give it to him with enough fire (joking – If you don’t get it, google Butler and Hoiberg’s relationship).

The Pacers have been a pleasant surprise this season and look like a definite playoff team and a team that could even win their first round matchup. The Bulls have looked like a team that could go to the Eastern Conference Finals and compete or lose in five in the opening round. I expect a performance along the higher end of the spectrum tonight.

I’ll eat the three at home with the Bulls who can be a top five team on any given chosen night.

Free Pick: Chicago Bulls -3