I missed on my last pick on Monday as the Grizzlies (-2.5) came from behind to beat the Suns in Phoenix, but only by 1, 102-101. Tonight I like the Chicago Bulls-New Orleans Pelicans match-up.
The Chicago Bulls have lost 3 in a row and 10 of their last 15 games. On Wednesday they were downed 101-90 at Houston. 5 of their last 10 losses have been by a margin of 11 or more points. They’ve been held under 94 points in their last 2 games. They’ve allowed their opponents to score 101 or more points in 3 of their last 4 games. 2 of their last 4 games have gone to overtime. They are 17-9 on the road this season. They have lost their last 3 road games. They are 12-9 versus Western Conference opponents. They are 9th in the league in points per game with 101.9 points per game, 2nd in the league in rebounds per game with 46 per game, 18th in the league in assists per game with 21.4 per game, and 17th in the league in points allowed with 99.9. Guard Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 20.6 points per game. Forward Pau Gasol leads the team in rebounding with 12 boards per game. Guard Derrick Rose leads the team in assists with 4.8 per game. Tonight is first game of a back to back. They are 9-5 in the 1st game of a back to back so far this season. Tonight is also the 5th game of 6 game road trip. Tomorrow night they play Orlando. The New Orleans Hornets have won 7 of their last 9 games. Last night they won 116-113 at Oklahoma City on a buzzer-beating 3 pointer by forward Anthony Davis. 6 of their last 11 wins have been by a margin of 10 or more points. They’ve allowed their last 4 opponents to score 102 or more points. They have scored 108 or more points in 3 of their last 4 games. They’ve scored 115 or more points in 2 of their last 3 games. They are at home this season. They have won 6 of their last 8 home games. They are versus Eastern Conference opponents. They are 15th in the league in points per game with 100.6 points per game, 9th in the league in rebounds per game with 44.4 per game, 14th in the league in assists per game with 21.5 per game, and 15th in the league in points allowed with 99.5. Forward Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 24.9 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with 10.4 boards per game. Guard Jrue Holiday leads the team in assists with 7.1 per game. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 6-5 in the 2nd game of a back to back so far this season. Tonight is the also the start of a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Monday at home versus Utah.
Chicago was victorious at home 107-100 in their first meeting with New Orleans this season. Tonight is the last meeting of the season between the Bulls and Pelicans.
Bulls vs Pelicans Prediction
The Bulls can’t seem to stop anyone on defense and that’s going to pose a big problem against a budding superstar like Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis. Although the Pelicans may be a bit tired after playing last night I think they’ll have enough to beat a Bulls team that is really struggling right now. The Bulls can’t seem to find the answers to their issues no matter how much they talk about them after and before games.
Take the Pelicans +2.5