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Bulls vs. Pacers prediction, odds, spread, line: 2021 NBA picks, Dec. 31 best bets from model on 48-24 run

The Chicago Bulls (22-10) travel to take on the Indiana Pacers (14-21) in an Eastern Conference battle on Friday afternoon. The Bulls head into this matchup on a five-game win streak and on Dec. 29, Chicago beat the Atlanta Hawks 131-117. Indiana will look to snap their two-game slide as the Pacers lost to the Charlotte Hornets 116-108 in their last game.

Tip-off is at 3 p.m. ET from Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Chicago is favored by 3.5 points in the latest Bulls vs. Pacers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is 220.5. Before locking in any Bulls vs. Pacers picks, you need to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model has to say.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 48-24 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Bulls vs. Pacers, and just revealed its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Pacers vs. Bulls:

  • Bulls vs. Pacers spread: Chicago -3.5
  • Bulls vs. Pacers over-under: 220.5 points
  • Bulls vs. Pacers money line: Chicago -160, Indiana +140
  • CHI: Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall
  • IND: Pacers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a home underdog

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Why the Bulls can cover

Bulls forward Demar DeRozan has been sensational since signing with Chicago this offseason. DeRozan is currently fifth in the NBA in scoring (26.8) while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out 4.5 assists per game. The four-time All-Star has scored 30-plus points in nine games thus far.

DeRozan’s best outing this season came in the Nov. 15 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The USC product put up 38 points, three rebounds with six assists. The last time these two teams faced off, the Bulls came out with the 113-105 victory and DeRozan scored 24 points with three rebounds and three assists in the win. Chicago will be without Lonzo Ball (protocols) and Alex Caruso (foot) on Friday.

Why the Pacers can cover

Indiana forward Domantas Sabonis is second on the team in scoring (17.9) and fifth in the NBA in rebounds (11.9). Sabonis has been a beast on the boards for the Pacers, logging back-to-back 15 rebound performances. In the Dec. 29 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, the Gonzaga product had 15 points, 18 rebounds, and seven assists.

Guard Caris LeVert is third on the team with 17.4 points with 3.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists. LeVert has scored 20-plus points in nine games, including three straight. The 2016 first-round pick has put up back-to-back 27-point outings and in the last matchup vs. the Bulls, the Michigan product scored 27 points with four rebounds and nine assists. Indiana will be without Malcolm Brogdon, Chris Duarte and Jeremy Lamb due to protocols.

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