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NBA Lines - Keeping 'Pace'?

Posted by Elio Masi on 3/4/2012 12:21:20 PM

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NBA Lines – Keeping ‘Pace’?

            On Monday night, the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers will be playing against each other for only the second time this NBA lines season. Last time around, the Pacers were able to hold on for the victory against the current Central Division leaders with a 95-90 finish.

Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls
Live from United Center – IL
Tipoff: 8:00 PM EST Monday, March 5, 2012
Broadcast: WGN

Bulls’ Record, Recent Domination & Home Advantage

            As of Saturday, the Chicago Bulls sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 30-8 record. They go into Saturday's matchup against Philadelphia riding a 5-game win streak and firing on all cylinders as of late, going 8-2 during the course of their last 10 NBA lines matchups. With Monday’s game being held at the United Center in Chicago, the Bulls will also enjoy the advantage of home court. They have been stellar in their home arena this year and have a 14-2 record to show for it.

Pacers’ Standings and Recent Play

            The Indiana Pacers are currently 3rd in the Eastern Conference and sit 6 NBA lines games behind Chicago for first in the Central Division. The Pacers are currently 22-12 but have just answered a season high 5 game losing streak with a 5 game winning streak. With their recent play, they’ve been able to overcome adversity and pick themselves up out of a serious dip. Unfortunately, although they’re still holding down a winning record away from Bankers Life Fieldhouse of 11-8, their away game hasn't been exceptional. Going against a team that has been phenomenal on their own court won’t be an easy task for Indiana this coming Monday.

Who to Watch

            Look for both Chicago Bulls PG Derrick Rose and C Joakim Noah to make an impact quickly and throughout much of the game for Chicago. They are currently leading the Bulls in points per game and rebounds per game respectively and will be looking for some retribution against the team that ended their undefeated home record in their last contest. Rose had a solid game the last time around, posting 24 points and 3 rebounds. As for the Pacers, their leading scorer Danny Granger will need to be sensational once again if Indiana wants to win once more in Chi-town. In January, Granger recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead his team to victory over the Bulls.

Elio’s Edge

            I’m giving this one to the Bulls. They have dominated the NBA Lines for weeks now and I see them closing out Monday with a win over the Pacers. It’ll definitely be a close one and I’m looking for Rose and Granger to steal most of the spotlight. I’m thinking a 94-91 victory for Chicago and a 26-point game for Derrick Rose in what promises to be a competitive matchup.

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