The Chicago Bulls finish up their homestand with a game against the Pacers. Both teams are coming off back to backs and both won last night. The Bulls are likely feeling good after defeating Orlando while the Pacers snapped a six game losing streak (started with a loss to the Bulls) by crushing New Jersey by 32.
Keys to the game
Defend the three point line and the fast break
The Pacers can do a lot of damage from behind the arc. When Dunleavy and Granger knock down their threes the Pacers are significantly better team than when they're not. The other way the Pacers hurt you is with their athleticism. Outside of Roy Hibbert's plodding along, the Pacers are a fast up and down team.
Overall, the Pacers don't have a ton of threats on offense, and the Bulls defense should contain them.
Boozer and Rose should roll
Both have huge matchup advantages tonight. Collison is fast, but Rose simply beasted him last game using his size and strength. Boozer is also too strong down low for McRoberts to deal with. As such, the Bulls biggest strengths should match up well against the Pacers defense.
Manage the fundamentals
The Pacers get much of their offense with their defense, so the Bulls need to control the defensive glass and limit turnovers. The Bulls did an outstanding job of controlling their business against Orlando, wining the rebounding battle and only turning the ball over 11 times on the night. A repeat performance will go a long way towards securing the victory.
The Pacers are a defensive oriented team that struggles to find adequate offense. I think we know a bit about that here in Chicago. The Bulls match up really well with them at the key positions, and they probably don't need to play their best game to win.
However, because the Pacers can defend, they're a hot shooting night away from pulling off a victory at any given point. I expect the Bulls to win, but the Pacers will likely hang around all night and keep it close.