Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers Live NBA game on December 5, 2018, at TIME: 00:00 UTC and VENUE: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis , USA
The Chicago Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg as coach of the struggling team and Jim Boylen will lead the team in his visit to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Hoiberg has played 115-155 in three seasons and more as a coach, but the club is a disastrous 5-19 this season.
The Bulls have lost six consecutive games, the worst of the season, and 10 of their last 11 games. The executive vice president of basketball operations, John Paxson, said it was necessary to take action. “Decisions like this are never easy, but I felt it was the right choice for our organization at this time,” Paxson said in a statement released on Monday. ” After an in-depth evaluation, I chose this approach with the overall development of our team in mind, and as a team, I think it’s imperative that we take the difficult steps in the right direction and we were building good habits to help put our players in a level playing field. ”
CHICAGO BULLS (5-19):
MJ and Scottie have never been that far, as losses continue to rise in the windy city. The Bulls lost 5 to 19 SU and only 3 to 11 SU in the last 30 days. Tonight they will head to Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse to play with the Pacers for the second time this season. The Pacers won the first game 107-105 on November 2. Indiana opened the scoring as an 8.5 point favorite with a total of 207.5.
CHICAGO BULLS vs INDIANA PACERS: Team News
CHICAGO BULLS (5-19):
Second-year forward Lauri Markkanen (elbow) debuted this season in a 121-105 loss to the Rockets on Saturday with 10 points and four rebounds in 26 minutes. Markkanen missed more than two months due to his pre-season injury and was certainly trying to get rid of the rust since he shot only 4 out of 14 times. “I missed some easy shots, but I think so, he played a decent defense, and that’s where I tried to make a difference,” Markkanen told reporters. “I do not worry about shooting, I just have to get my legs back.”
INDIANA PACERS (13-10)
Little striker Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points in the loss to Sacramento and scored at least 20 goals in six games out of 10. Bogdanovic took the lead with Oladipo and took the lead. The risk of a victory attempt against the Kings on Saturday, but the shot canceled 4.6 seconds from the end. Coach Darren Collison posted the best of the season with 12 assists and six interceptions, as well as 11 points against Sacramento.
- The Pacers have 6-1 SU and ATS in their last seven games against their local division.
- The total underestimated in four of the Bulls’ last five games against the Pacers (combined average score: 207.0).
- The total underestimated in six of the last eight home games by the Pacers (combined average score: 198.38).
CHICAGO BULLS vs INDIANA PACERS: Predictions
Chicago (28 in scoring) and Indiana (24) have not shot the score this season, as both are among the least productive players in the league.
The 103.4 points per game in Chicago is one of the main reasons why Fred Hoiberg relieved of his coaching duties on Monday. He replaced by associate trainer Jim Boylen, who will début tonight.
Whoever the coach is, it will not be easier for the Bulls, because Indiana has the No. 1 defense and the Association’s points differential in ninth place. Nate McMillan’s team is one of 10 teams that forced their opponents to shoot less than 45% of the goals in two-point attempts.
After missing seven games, the Pacers announced that Victor Oladipo would not train again soon, as his knee injury did not seem to improve. There is not much news about this injury, but we will depend on the secondary scorers and continue to do so for Indiana.
PREDICTION: Pacers 105, Bulls 97
CHICAGO BULLS vs INDIANA PACERS: Betting Tips
I’ll take a page from Joe Osborne’s basketball book and line up his choice with the Bulls in the first quarter extended to +3. Chicago actually has the best record against ATS in the first quarter with 19-5, while the Pacers are among the worst with 8-14-1.
Indiana has 25.5 points per game in the first quarter offensive in the first quarter. And the Pacers have been worse than their season average of 23.7 in their last three games. Meanwhile, Chicago averages 27.7 points in the first quarter of its last three games.
- The Pacers overcame a deficit of 18 points in the first half to get a 107-105 win at Chicago on November 2.
- Bulls F Jabari Parker had 21 points and 12 rebounds against the Rockets for his fourth double-double in the last seven games.
- Doug McDermott, the Indiana backup, averaged 16.5 points on his four-game trip, while he made 11 of 17 shots with 3 points.