The Chicago Bulls will be looking to avenge their last meeting with the Indiana Pacers, where they fell 97-80 on Nov. 6, when they battle their divisional rival in the United Center tonight.
It will be a steep challenge as the Pacers have pulled ahead in the eastern conference rankings with a (9-0) start to season, which makes many believe they’re the best team in the NBA right now. The Bulls will need to continue to bring their defensive intensity that currently has them rank third in points allowed if they want to hand Indiana their first loss of the season.
The toughest challenge by far for Tom Thibodeau’s defense will be containing Paul George who has solidified himself as a superstar in the league by averaging 24.9 pts while shooting .479 from the field this season. The Bulls defended well against George in their last meeting by holding him to a season low 21 pts by cutting lanes off to the basket and forcing him to shoot from outside the paint where went 6-19. You can look for the Bulls to duplicate this strategy by using Luol Deng’s athletic ability to slow down George and take away his ability to drive to the rim.
The game should be very close this time around as the Bulls are showing signs of getting used to playing with Derrick Rose again and being at home can only help their chances of pulling out with the win. The Bulls are undefeated this year at home and Bulls fans can expect that statistic to stay intact as they should win the game in a low scoring and physical game.