Pre-Gamin': Pacers at Bulls (7:00 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected lineups, What to Watch For, Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Pacers at Bulls (7:00 CT) – Broadcast Info, Projected lineups, What to Watch For, Thread

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls will look to make it two in a row and get back over .500 with the Indiana Pacers in town tonight. Zach LaVine will be in the lineup for the Bulls tonight and NBC Sports Chicago is airing a ‘Betcast‘ broadcast on the NBC Sports Chicago Plus.

Game Info

Indiana Pacers (1-3) at Chicago Bulls (2-2) – 7:00 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV), and 670 The Score (Radio)

Projected Starters

Chicago Bulls

1.  Ayo Dosunmu
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Patrick Williams
5. Nikola Vucevic

Injury Report: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee)

Indiana Pacers

1. Tyrese Haliburton
2. Aaron Nesmith
3. Buddy Heild
4. Jalen Smith
5. Myles Turner

Injury Report: Daniel Theis OUT (knee), Myles Turner QST (ankle)

Odds

The Bulls walk into tonight as -7.5 favorites against the Boston Celtics at PointsBet Illinois Sportsbook and -7.5 favorites at FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook. Click on either link to sign up and pick the Bulls to cover (… or pick the opposite …)!

What to Watch For …

  • Expectations are fairly high tonight after the Bulls pulled out an impressive underdog victory over the Celtics on Monday night, but the Pacers always play the Bulls hard and Tyrese Haliburton is off to a red-hot start averaging 25.7 points, 9.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and a pair of steals per contest.
  • Lottery pick Bennedict Mathurin also looks like the scorer the Pacers hoped he would be, as he’s started the season averaging 24.0 points on 52.1 percent shooting from the field. The central division just keeps getting better.
  • Three-point shooting has been an issue for the Bulls this season (and beyond) but they looked better against Boston, and they’ll have a prime opportunity to have an even better performance from the perimeter tonight. The Pacers 118 DEF RTG is in the bottom five in the NBA, so scoring shouldn’t be an issue for the Bulls tonight. The Pacers also own a league-worst 40.1 percent opponent percent of points from three-pointers (according to Team Rankings).
  • More in here …


Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.