13 December 2010
The Indiana Pacers travel to frigid Chicago to play the Bulls tonight, in a battle of the top two teams in the Central division standings.You know about the Bulls hotstreak, and much of that has to do with the play of Derrick Rose. After Saturday night's three-point clinic, he's now shooting 41% from three, and 64% during the five-game win streak. He's showing why his name is in MVP consideration already this season.
But the most impressive part of the streak, to me, has been the defense. The Bulls have held their opponents to under 90 points in the last four games, and under 40% shooting. Many were wondering about Tom Thibodeau's defensive style, and are finally starting to see what the team can do when they're locked in defensively. Defense was the key to the win Friday night vs. the Lakers, in which the Bulls scored only 32 first-half points.
The Pacers come in losing their last four on the road. They managed only 83 points against the Pacers, and Danny Granger was shut down, shooting 3-14 from the field and missed all five of his three-point attempts.
One of the hottest Pacers has been shooting guard Brandon Rush. The former lottery pick is starting to fill it up for Indiana, and is shooting over 50% from three in his last four games.
Probable Bulls Starters | Roster and Statistics
Guard 1 Derrick Rose 6-3 | 190
Guard 6 Keith Bogans 6-5 | 215
Forward 9 Luol Deng 6-9 | 220
Forward 5 Carlos Boozer 6-9 | 266
Center 13 Joakim Noah 6-11 | 232
Probable Pacers Starters | Roster and Statistics
Guard 2 Darren Collison 6-0 | 170
Guard 17 Mike Dunleavy 6-9 | 230
Forward 33 Danny Granger 6-9 | 228
Forward 32 Josh McRoberts 6-10 | 240
Center 55 Roy Hibbert 7-2 | 260
TV/Radio:7:00 WCIU and ESPN 1000
Prediction:ESPN's simulation has the Bulls winning by 9, but I think the Bulls should blow out the Pacers. Bulls with a 105-89 win over the Pacers, continuing the win-streak and keeps the Bulls defensive streak of allowing less than 90 points going.
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