The INDIANA and the CHICAGO will both be gunning for a victory on 11/2/2018 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
INDIANA PACERS vs CHICAGO BULLS
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, November 2, 2018
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
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TV: 8:05 PM
PREDICTION: CHICAGO , INDIANA
Oddsmakers currently have the CHICAGO listed as 7 point favorites versus the INDIANA, while the game’s total is sitting at 215.
The Indiana Pacers are finding different ways to score and bounced back from a loss by leaning on the bench. The Pacers will try to coax another stellar performance from Domantas Sabonis and company and sweep the two-game road trip when they visit the New York Knicks on Friday.
Indiana shot 54.2 percent from the floor in Wednesday’s 107-101 win at the New York Knicks, led by Sabonis’ 30 points on 12-of-12 shooting in 21 minutes. “I thought (Sabonis) was really good the time he was out there tonight,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan told reporters. “He got into foul trouble, and only played seven minutes in first half. In second half, he continued to be aggressive and make plays for us.” Sabonis could have his hands full at the other end of the floor on Friday with Bulls rookie power forward Wendell Carter Jr., who scored a season-high 25 points and doubled his career 3-pointer total with two in a 108-107 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. “We’re eight games in now,” Chicago guard Zach LaVine told reporters of Carter. “I want to see what he looks like at 80. It’s going to be nice.”
TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Indiana, NBCS Chicago
ABOUT THE PACERS (5-3): Indiana star Victor Oladipo knocked down a pair of 3-pointers late to spark the team to victory on Wednesday and is making opposing coaches shake their heads. “That’s what All-Stars do,” Knicks coach David Fizdale told reporters of Oladipo. “We couldn’t get to him for whatever reason. On our traps we couldn’t get him trapped. Once a guy like that hits a couple he is going to get it going.” Oladipo ended up 10-of-18 from the floor while playing through an illness, bouncing back from a 9-of-24 performance in a home loss to Portland on Monday.
ABOUT THE BULLS (2-6): Chicago looked like a different team in Wednesday’s loss than the club that allowed 92 first-half points in a 149-124 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, but the result was still the same. “We have to learn how to win,” LaVine told reporters. “It was a bounce-back (game) in terms of our fight. It still sucks. You play such a good game. You want that result.” LaVine scored 28 points in Wednesday’s setback and scored 20 or more in each of the first eight games for an average of 28.1.
1. Bulls PF Jabari Parker made his first start of the season on Wednesday and was held to a season-low six points on 3-of-10 shooting in 36 minutes.
2. Pacers PF Thaddeus Young recorded season highs of 10 rebounds, five steals and three blocks on Wednesday.
3. Indiana took three of the four meetings last season and four of the last five in the series.
PREDICTION: Pacers 116, Bulls 109