Pelicans vs. Bulls Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Pelicans are listed as a 6.5-point favorite to win on the spread line. The over-under is set at 199 points.
New Orleans comes in with a 4-5 record after a 99-94 win at the Mavericks. Chicago comes in at 2-5 after a 105-83 victory at the Magic. The Bulls won both meetings straight up and ATS last season. The over-under went 1-1.
The Pelicans were led by DeMarcus Cousins as he had 20 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists in the win at Dallas. Anthony Davis contributed 30 points, 13 boards and four assists. E'Twaun Moore added 11 points. New Orleans outscored the hosts 55-46 in the first half.
Justin Holiday scored 19 for the Bulls in the win at Orlando, while David Nwaba added 16 points and five assists. Lauri Markkanen had 13 points and nine boards.
New Orleans is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago.
The Pelicans have a dominant interior duo which can impact a game defensively as teams shy awy from driving the paint and instead settle for contested jumpers. While the Bulls put up 105 points at Orlando, for the most part it is a struggling and youthful offense trying to find its way. The under seems like the smart play here.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: PELICANS/BULLS UNDER 199