Another great NBA game awaits us in this one as the Bulls are back on the road traveling to Indiana to take on the Pacers, the Bulls have struggled so far out of the gates, after beating Miami they have lost back to back games to teams that should really only pose a threat to themselves. The Pacers picked up just were they left off last season before leaving the playoffs, winning, they are 3-0 with monster games from their starters and great contributions from the young bench at key positions; expect a few great matchup in this one
The Chicago Bulls have finally gotten their all-star point guard back and healthy, Derrick Rose is looking great on the floor but the problem is now getting him and his teammates to mesh again on the floor, learn how to play together after going all of last season without him. The Bulls are doing very well rebounding the ball, ranking them 4 th overall but in this game they will have to do a better job in the open court, moving the ball and getting the transition points they are accustomed to.
The Pacers are back to playing with that world size chip on their shoulder as all the so called experts said they they lacked leadership and offensive presence , also that they would not be the powerhouse eastern team they looked and played like last season. This game will be a true battle, the Bulls understand that they cannot afford to go down 1-4; they need to pick a momentum changing win, exactly what this would be. However the Pacers are very talented all around, if you leave them alone to shot they will bury you, if you go out to help, their inside game is just as good.
What to expect:
With players as good as both of these teams have I really think this game will come down too who really wants it and is willing to take it, making a strong defensive stand late while capitalizing on mismatches will be the difference in this one. Indiana is -4 on their home floor and I have to admit that I like that line, even if I see them trailing most of the game, being at home could boost them late.