When we last saw the Bulls at the Fieldhouse a month ago, they confounded the Pacers much of the game before Victor Oladipo stopped and popped from 3-land to drop the Bulls. The loss was Chicago's tenth consecutive at the time, but after leaving the Fieldhouse, the Bulls rattled off seven wins in a row. With Kris Dunn lifting his game and Nikola Mirotic providing a boost, the Bulls are 11-5 since that loss to the Pacers which includes a win over the Pacers in late December at the United Center.
The Pacers are now the team struggling having lost their last five games but hope to have Victor Oladipo (sore right knee) back after desperately missing the electric guard in the last four games. VO is a game-time decision but plenty of positive indications that he will be ready to role.
Nate McMillan may still want to alter his playing rotation and starting lineup which has been impotent of late. Oh, and by the way, the Bulls played in in Dallas last night, scoring 47 (!!!) points in the fourth quarter to beat the Mavs, 127-124. Less than 24-hours later, the Pacers should have an advantage.
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Bulls (14-25) at Pacers (19-19) - 7:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner(C)
Bulls: Kris Dunn (PG), Justin Holiday (SG), Denzel Valentine (SF), Lauri Markkanen (PF), Robin Lopez (C)