Malik Tz | Fri 28/10/2016 - 22:49 EDT

NBA Picks: Pacers vs Bulls Odds, Prediction and Live Score

NBA Picks: Pacers vs Bulls Odds, Prediction and Live Score
Wade and Butler displayed surprisingly smooth chemistry along with Rajon Rondo to earn a season opening win. The Pacers dropped 130 on the Mavericks to win their opener, previewing what could be the most improved offence in the NBA. Will the Bulls veterans be able to handle Paul George now that he finally has support?
My Team's Next MatchChicago Bulls

The Bulls and the Pacers should be solid teams throughout the year, but neither of them appear ready to challenge top contenders on a regular basis. Both squads will attempt to outperform expectations, utilizing the regular season to discover the full range of benefits derived from their off-season acquisitions. After nearly beating the Atlantic Division champion Toronto Raptors, the Pacers pinpointed offence, in particularly bench production, as a key to making it back to the eastern conference finals against LeBron. Chicago simply hopes to make the playoffs using band-aid solutions.

Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers Pick

Bet Indiana at William Hill Sportsbook

The Pacers opened their season with an impressive win against the Dallas Mavericks, whose starting lineup consists of two-fifths of last year’s starters for the Golden State Warriors. Myles Turner ended up having a beastly game, scoring 30 on 13-19 shooting from the field, which signals his potential readiness to contribute at a high level. As a skilled big with a smooth jumper, Turner’s one of the new wave of bigs capable of stretching defences to the brink.

A bit fortunate to play their opener against a team on the rear end of a back-to-back, the Chicago Bulls nonetheless showed surprising cohesion and timely shooting, including four triples from Dwayne Wade. D-Wade has never been a consistent three-point bomber, so fans shouldn’t expect this type of long range production on a regular basis. If anything, the Pacers will sag off Rondo to reduce the number of clean looks and driving lanes available to Wade and Butler, potentially stifling the Bulls offence.

With the addition of Teague and the under-the-radar blossoming of Myles Turner, Paul George has never enjoyed this level of offensive support with the Pacers. This could be the first Pacers team in a long while to feature a genuinely dangerous offensive lineup. It remains to be seen if Monta Ellis and Teague will end up being too much of a liability on defence to push the Pacers into the top ranks of the NBA.

The Bulls face the potential of a truly disastrous year if Wade’s body gives out on him and Rondo repeats his controversial behaviour instead of focusing on winning. On the other hand, if these two manage to complement Bulter, the Bulls have enough talent to surprise the NBA this season, including Mirotic, Portis, Robin Lopez, McDermott and Taj Gibson. For the time being, expect inconsistency from the Bulls, allowing the Pacers to earn wins on back to back nights.

NBA Picks Tonight

Results / FixturesNBA

Coach Fred Hoiberg dealt with a lot of criticism last year, including harsh words from Jimmy Butler, who suggested that their coach was letting players get away with poor on-court efforts. A few years ago, the Bulls appeared to be rising to the top of the association, especially before Derrick Rose suffered his career-altering series of injuries. Previous coach Tom Thibodeau had the team ready for a deep playoff run, but injuries simply depleted the roster beyond strategic compensation. Few predicted the Bulls current situation, relying on free agent veterans to get by.

The Pacers were in a similar situation with their previous coach, Frank Vogel, who couldn’t be blamed for the hand he was dealt by basketball management. However, instead of signing ancient vets, the Pacers signed a younger free agent, giving new coach Nate McMillan a fighting chance at genuine improvement. Few teams are blessed with a superstar of Paul George’s status, so Indiana would be wise to continue surrounding him with support.

Category : Picks and Parlays

More articles...
Picks and Parlays - 14/01/19
NFL Conference Championship 2019: Favourites Rule 
After 17 NFL regular season games and two weekends of NFL playoffs, we are down to the final four teams. The prolific Kansas City Chiefs host the indomitable New England Patriots for the AFC Championship. Meanwhile, the deep New Orleans Saints host the much-improved Los Angeles Rams. Two veteran quarterbacks with championship pedigrees take on up-and-coming superstars. We preview both games complete with NFL odds and NFL scores predictions.
Picks and Parlays - 08/01/19
NFL Divisional Playoffs 2019 – Expect More Upsets 
We saw three upsets last weekend and we might see bigger ones this NFL Divisional Playoffs. On Saturday, Indianapolis looks to spoil Kansas City like they did in 2013 while the Los Angeles Rams defend the Coliseum against Dallas. Sunday sees the Los Angeles Chargers push their road streak in New England as the defending champs, Philadelphia visit New Orleans. We break down the NFL odds and predictions and keep you updated with NFL scores.
Picks and Parlays - 08/01/19
Oscars 2019: No Big Favourites and Plenty of Competition 
It's the Super Bowl of Award Shows: the 2019 Academy Awards better known as the Oscars hits televisions everywhere February 24. The Golden Globes wrapped last Sunday setting the stage of the most prestigious award show for films. This year's slate has plenty of competition from an international favourite like Roma to the smash hit A Star is Born. It will be a tight contest all-around. We examine the odds from all Oscar Nominations 2019  and suggest some picks.
Picks and Parlays - 04/01/19
Montreal Expos Prop Bets: Will Expos Return to MLB By 2022? 
As the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos nears, rumors intensify for the return of The ‘Spos to La Belle Province. The first Canadian team in the MLB lost their franchise when the league allowed the team to move to Washington - but baseball never went out of style in Montreal, with exhibition games constantly selling out at the crumbling Olympic Stadium. Stephen Bronfman, son of former Expos owner Charles, remains cautiously optimistic for a new era of Montreal Expos baseball.