The Pacers immaculate record so far in the 2013-14 has to come to an end eventually. But will it be this weekend?
Both sides could be feeling the effects of the night before, with the Bulls travelling to Toronto and the Pacers hosting Milwaukee, but it’s still set to be highlight of this weekend’s match-ups.
The Indiana side are running away with the Eastern Conference so far having an 8-0 record and one of the NBA’s most in-form players Paul George. George has had a fine season so far, last week picking up the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, after a four game run which saw him average 24.8 points per game. It could be a tough night prior to visiting Chicago however, as they host rivals the Bucks. The Bucks will no doubt be fired up to end the Pacers impressive record, whilst Indiana will be going all out to keep it going.
23-year-old George may have the biggest say in this. He’s logging points and assists aplenty and will be the Bulls defence major concern at the United Center.
The Bulls are having a tight season so far, a record of 3-3 is perhaps testament to their inconsistency this season. Having won their last two however, they will hope to keep their streak going as well as looking to revenge a side that beat them 80-97 just over a week ago. Before the big game of the weekend however, they must first see out a difficult game in Toronto. The Raptors are lying second in the Atlantic Division and just behind the Bulls in the Eastern Conference, so will be both looking to cement their position in the play-offs during these early season stages.
Looking for revenge after November 6, the Bulls have met the Pacers twice already in recent months and rolled out winners in their first preseason game of the campaign, in what was Derek Rose’s return to action following a the 2012-13 season out on the side-lines.
Rose has been a key figure in the Bulls line up so far this season, averaging 14.7 points per game as he continues to find full fitness following his lengthy absence and could play a major part if the Bulls are going to put the first dent in the Pacers record.