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This post is meant to preview the entire series by looking at regular season stats. It will be slightly different than the game preview threads that you see from me frequently on HTTH. You will see those threads for the postseason too, but this one is meant more to look at the entire series. For the most part, I'll keep my opinion out of this one until the series prediction at the bottom.

Regular Season Matchups

12/13/2010 – Pacers 73 Bulls 92 (Boozer CHI 22 PTS, 18 REB)

1/14/2011 – Bulls 99 Pacers 86 (Rose CHI 29 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST)

1/29/2011 – Pacers 89 Bulls 110 (Boozer CHI 24 PTS, 10 REB)

3/18/2011 – Bulls 108 Pacers 115 F/OT (Hansbrough IND 29 PTS 12 REB)

Chicago Regular Season Leaders:

Scoring: Derrick Rose (25.0 PPG, .445 FG%, 2026 PTS)

Assists: Derrick Rose (7.7 APG, 623 AST)

Rebounds: Joakim Noah (10.4 RPG, 498 REB)

Blocks: Joakim Noah (1.50 BLKPG, 72 BLK)

Steals: Ronnie Brewer (1.31 STLPG, 106 STL)

Indiana Regular Season Leaders:

Scoring: Danny Granger (20.5 PPG, .425 FG%, 1622 PTS)

Assists: Darren Collison (5.1 APG, 403 AST)

Rebounds: Roy Hibbert (7.5 RPG, 610 REB)

Blocks: Roy Hibbert (1.75 BLKPG, 142 BLK)

Steals: Danny Granger (1.13 STLPG, 89 STL)

2011 Team Stats

PPG: Bulls 98.6, Pacers 99.8

RPG: Bulls 44.2, Pacers 43.5

APG: Bulls 22.3, Pacers 19.6

FG%: Bulls .462, Pacers .442

FT%: Bulls .743, Pacers .782

3PT%: Bulls .361, Pacers .354

Prediction

Current Line (Series) – Chicago -3500, Indiana +1750

We’ll get a lot more into talking about this series in the individual game preview threads. But at the risk of sounding way too over confident, this series shouldn’t be much of a struggle for the Bulls. The three wins came relatively easy to the Bulls, and the one loss came in OT in a game where the Bulls started sluggish and then made a huge ran to send it to OT. We’ve seen in the head-to-head matchups that Indiana is going to have a very hard time figuring out how to stop Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer.

Bulls win the series 4 games to 0.