The New Orleans Pelicans (12-25) will be at home in the Smoothie King Center when they meet the Chicago Bulls (13-24). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.
Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds Preview
The Bulls fell to the Dallas Mavericks in their last outing, 118-110. They were not able to cover as 7.5-point underdogs. With 26 points on 10-for-18 shooting, Lauri Markkanen led Chicago in scoring. Dallas did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (14-19; 73.7 percent). Chicago, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 7.2 (better than their season average of 12.9). The two teams combined to put up 228 points, which was over the projected point total of 217.5.
The last time the Pelicans played, they were defeated by the Utah Jazz, 128-126, but they were able to cover as 4-point underdogs. Brandon Ingram was the top scorer from either team with 35 points on 12-for-26 shooting. Utah made 16 of their 33 three pointers (48.5 percent). New Orleans, on the other hand, held the Jazz to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7 (below the 22.2 mark opponents have averaged against New Orleans this season). Combined, the two teams scored 254 points, which came in well over the O/U total of 221.5.
The offense of New Orleans will face off against the elite defense of Chicago. The Pelicans rank 20th in offensive efficiency, while the Bulls are ninth in defensive efficiency. The Bulls should have the advantage on that end of the court.
Of Chicago’s 37 games, 19 have finished under the projected point total, while 19 of New Orleans’ 37 games have finished over the O/U total. Both teams have mediocre straight up (SU) records (13-24 for Chicago; 12-25 for New Orleans), but the Bulls have the edge against the spread (ATS). Chicago is 18-19 ATS, while the Pelicans are 15-19-3.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Pelicans won both matchups last season. In the most recent game, New Orleans won 125-120. The Pelicans dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 and a free throw rate of 0.235. The Bulls put up marks of 22.0 and 0.154, respectively, for those same stats.
Bulls vs. Pelicans Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Bulls, ATS Winner – Bulls, O/U – Over
The Bulls average 14.8 fast break points per game, which ranks seventh in the league. The Pelicans rank 25th in fast break points allowed per game (14.8).
Chicago averages 13.4 second chance points per game, which ranks 13th in the NBA. New Orleans ranks 24th in second chance points allowed per game (13.9).
Chicago ranks 14th in points allowed in the paint per game (47.6) while New Orleans ranks 26th (51.1).
New Orleans ranks 10th in assists per game (24.9) while Chicago ranks 17th in assists allowed per game (24.1).
New Orleans is 8-10 ATS at home, while Chicago is 9-8 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 9 of the Bulls’ 17 road games, while 9 of the Pelicans’ 18 home games have gone over.
New Orleans is 3-0 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Chicago is 4-2.
The Bulls are 13-13 when they score more than 100 points, while the Pelicans are 12-22.
The Bulls rank eighth in three pointers attempted per game (35.2) while the Pelicans rank 19th in three pointers allowed per game (34.1).
Chicago averages 21.4 points off turnovers per game, which ranks first in the league. New Orleans ranks 24th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.5).
The Bulls rank first in steals per game (10.0) while the Pelicans rank 21st (7.5).
The Pelicans average 45.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 15th in the NBA. The Bulls rank 25th in rebounds allowed per game (47.2).
New Orleans ranks eighth in blocks allowed per game (4.4) while Chicago ranks 28th (6.5).
New Orleans is 4-0-1 ATS with 5 overs in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, Chicago is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Pelicans have outscored opponents by an average of 5.4 points in their last five games. For the season, New Orleans has lost by an average of 4.1 points.
During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 106.0 points per game (0.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 107.0 points per game (0.2 below their season average).