Bulls vs. Pacers Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 5 (Chicago Fails to Pull Away at the United Center)

Larry Rupp
Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Darron Cummings

Bulls vs. Pacers Game Info

  • Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: United Center -- Chicago, Illinois
  • Coverage: NBCS-CHI and BSIN

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Sunday with 10 more games, including a battle between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls. The Pacers rank 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 28-36 record, while the Bulls check in 11th with a 29-35 record. This showdown could go either way.

Indiana enters as a loser in seven of its last 10 games following a 110-99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday. Meanwhile, Chicago has also dropped seven of its last 10 games thanks to a 125-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Which squad will bounce back with a victory on Sunday?

Bulls vs. Pacers Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: CHI: (-260) | IND: (+215)
  • Spread: CHI: -6.5 (-110) | IND: +6.5 (-110)
  • Total: 224 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Bulls enter this contest as considerable home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 3:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 224 points, which ranks as the lowest of Sunday's projected totals.

Bulls vs Pacers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Bulls -5.5 - - 232.5 -110 -110 -230 190

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Bulls vs. Pacers Betting Trends

  • The Bulls went 43-38-1 ATS last season.
  • The Pacers had an ATS record of 14-11-1 as underdogs of 5.5 points or greater last year.
  • Bulls games went over the point total 40 out of 82 times last season.
  • There were 47 Pacers games (out of 82) that hit the over last year.

Bulls vs. Pacers Prediction & Pick

Recent strings of losses have both the Bulls and Pacers outside of playoff contention with just over a month of regular season action left to go. Getting back in the win column on Sunday would be great first step in building positive momentum for the final stretch, but only one team can earn the victory.

The Bulls have two key edges heading into this game as they shoot 49.6% (No. 4 in NBA) and force 14.8 turnovers (No. 9 in NBA) in home games this season. Indiana shoots just 45.5% (No. 25 in NBA) and commits 14.9 turnovers (No. 21 in NBA) in away games this year. That's an impactful difference.

Indiana has lost 12 of its last 14 away games, too, so fade the Pacers at the United Center.

Final Score Prediction: Bulls: 114 | Pacers: 110

Bulls vs. Pacers Best Bet

I like the Bulls' chances of getting back in the playoff race with a win, but covering a 6.5-point spread is going to be tough. Chicago is only 2-9 against the spread (ATS) in its last 11 games overall and 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games against Indiana. It is failing to pull away from teams when it is supposed to.

The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and have only lost to the Bulls by more than six points in five of the last 19 head-to-head matchups. Look for Buddy Hield to hit a ton of threes here as Indiana aims to compete without Tyrese Haliburton. His efforts will be just enough in the end.

Bet: Indiana Pacers +6.5 (-110)

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