Indiana and Chicago square off for conference battle

March 5, 2019

Chicago Bulls (18-46, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (41-23, third in the Eastern Conference)

Indianapolis; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Conference foes Indiana and Chicago will play at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Pacers have gone 28-13 against Eastern Conference opponents. Indiana leads the Eastern Conference shooting 37.5 percent from deep, led by Bojan Bogdanovic shooting 42.2 percent from 3-point range.

The Bulls are 3-10 against Central Division teams. Chicago is 8-22 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Pacers won the last meeting between these two squads 119-116 on Jan. 4. Victor Oladipo led Indiana to the win with a 36-point game.

TOP PERFORMERS: Wesley Matthews leads the Pacers averaging 3.0 made 3-pointers and scoring 14 points per game while shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. Thaddeus Young has averaged 6.3 rebounds and added 12.7 points per game over the last 10 games for Indiana.

Zach LaVine has shot 46.6 percent and is averaging 23.4 points for the Bulls. Lauri Markkanen has averaged 25 points and collected 12.9 rebounds while shooting 45.6 percent over the last 10 games for Chicago.

LAST 10 GAMES: Bulls: 6-4, averaging 120.8 points, 46.1 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting.

Pacers: 6-4, averaging 110.6 points, 40.6 rebounds, 26.9 assists, 8.7 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting.

Pacers Injuries: Alize Johnson: out (foot), Domantas Sabonis: out (ankle), Victor Oladipo: out for season (ruptured right quadricep tendon).

Bulls Injuries: Wendell Carter Jr.: out (left thumb), Denzel Valentine: out for season (ankle), Chandler Hutchison: out (right toe fracture).


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