Pelicans vs. Bulls Prediction
Can the Chicago Bulls pull off a rare win at home when they play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at 8PM ET?
561 New Orleans Pelicans vs. 562 Chicago Bulls
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
8PM ET – United Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulls are the slim favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Pelicans. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 225.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 60 percent going on the Bulls at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pelicans losing, but covering
New Orleans is coming off a 109-107 loss at home to Indiana. The Pelicans are on a 3-game losing streak, but have covered the spread in four straight games. New Orleans is 23-31 overall, 8-21 on the road, 26-27-1 against the spread and 28-26 with the over.
The Pelicans have good numbers on offense for the season, averaging 116 points per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the field. The defense is giving up 114.8 points per contest. Injuries have piled up for this team, as Anthony Davis, Elfrid Payton, E’Twaun Moore, Julius Randle, Trevon Bluiett and Nikola Mirotic are all out tonight. Jrue Holiday is leading the active roster with 21 points and 8 assists per game.
Bulls looking for momentum
Chicago is coming off a 125-118 loss at Charlotte, and the Bulls have lost five of their last six while going 2-4 against the spread. Chicago is now 12-41 overall, 5-20 at home, 23-29-1 against the spread and 31-21-1 with the under.
The Bulls have struggled offensively this season, averaging 101.8 points per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field. Defensively, Chicago is giving up 111.1 points per game. Zach LaVine is leading the team with 22.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while Lauri Markkanen is adding 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pelicans have covered the spread in four straight road games and in five of their last six following a loss.
The Bulls have failed to cover the spread in five straight home games in in five straight home games against a team with a losing road record.
The Pelicans aren’t winning, but they have been covering. Jahlil Okafor has been a nice fill-in for the injured Davis, playing some of the best basketball of his career. New Orleans has also been playing some of the top teams in the league lately, so a trip to Chicago would be some nice relief. The Bulls have recent losses at home to the Cavs and the Hawks. I think the Pelicans can handle themselves tonight.
NBA Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans +1