Pacers vs Bulls: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – December 26, 2020

The Indiana Pacers (1-0) visit the Chicago Bulls (0-1) as favorites after Domantas Sabonis scored 32 points in the Pacers’ 121-107 victory over the Knicks. The game airs on NBCS-CHI at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, December 26, 2020. The matchup’s over/under is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of December 26, 2020, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Pacers vs Bulls Betting Odds

Injury Report as of December 26

Pacers:
Jeremy Lamb: Out (Knee),
Goga Bitadze: Out (Right ankle),
Brian Bowen II: Out (Groin)

Bulls:
Thaddeus Young: Out (Leg)

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Pacers Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
TJ Warren 67 19.8 4.2 1.5 1.2 0.5 1.4
Domantas Sabonis 62 18.5 12.4 5.0 0.7 0.5 0.3
Malcolm Brogdon 54 16.5 4.9 7.1 0.6 0.2 1.4
Victor Oladipo 19 14.5 3.9 2.9 0.9 0.2 1.7
Jeremy Lamb 46 12.5 4.3 2.1 1.2 0.5 1.2

Bulls Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zach LaVine 60 25.5 4.8 4.2 1.5 0.5 3.1
Lauri Markkanen 50 14.7 6.3 1.5 0.8 0.5 2.2
Coby White 65 13.2 3.5 2.7 0.8 0.1 2.0
Otto Porter Jr. 14 11.9 3.4 1.8 1.1 0.4 1.7
Wendell Carter Jr. 43 11.3 9.4 1.2 0.8 0.8 0.1

Shooting Trends

  • The Pacers shot 47.5% from the field last season, 0.4 percentage points lower than the 47.9% the Bulls allowed to opponents.
  • Indiana went 29-11-2 against the spread and 32-10 overall when it shot better than 47.9% from the field.
  • Chicago had a 15-14 record against the spread and a 13-16 record overall when allowing its opponents to make more than 47.5% of their shots from the field.
  • The Bulls’ 44.6% shooting percentage from the field last season was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Pacers given up to their opponents (44.7%).
  • Chicago had compiled a 19-11-2 record against the spread and a 17-15 straight up record in games it shot higher than 44.7% from the field.
  • Last season, Indiana had a 22-9-2 record against the spread and a 25-8 straight up record when it allowed opponents to shoot greater than 44.6% from the field.
  • The Pacers’ 36.4% three-point shooting percentage last season was only 1.1 percentage points higher than opponents of the Bulls shot from beyond the arc (35.3%).
  • Indiana collected a 29-15-1 record against the spread and a 29-16 straight-up record in games last season when the team made more than 35.3% of its three-point attempts.
  • Chicago went 19-14-1 against the spread while putting up a 14-20 straight-up record when its opponents shot over 36.4% from beyond the arc.
  • The Bulls’ three-point shooting percentage last season (34.7%) was just 0.4 percentage points higher than opponents of the Pacers averaged (34.3%).
  • Chicago went 21-17-1 ATS and 17-22 overall when the team hit more than 34.3% of its three-point attempts.
  • Indiana had a 23-18-2 ATS record and a 30-13 straight-up record last season when it connected on more than 34.7% of its three-point shots.
  • The Pacers connected on 10.3 three-pointers per game last season, 1.9 fewer makes per game than the Bulls gave up (12.2).
  • Chicago went 22-15 against the spread and 16-21 overall last season in games it out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Indiana made fewer threes than its opponents, it was 16-25-2 ATS and 21-22 straight up.
  • The Pacers ranked 29th in the NBA in made three-pointers a season ago, while the Bulls allowed the fourth-fewest made threes in the league.

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Pacers vs Bulls Stat Rankings

Pacers Rank Pacers AVG Bulls AVG Bulls Rank
23rd 109 Points Scored 106.8 27th
3rd 107.7 Points Allowed 109.9 14th
27th 42.5 Rebounds 41.9 30th
28th 8.6 Off. Rebounds 10.5 12th
29th 10.3 3pt Made 12.2 14th
7th 25.7 Assists 23.2 23rd
5th 12.8 Turnovers 14.6 24th

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