Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans 1/8/2020 NBA Picks and Previews
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Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans 1/8/2020 – The Chicago Bulls have lost four-straight games already and they will head west to hope and end the drought. They will be battling the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center this Wednesday, January 8 at 9 pm Eastern Time. TV rights of this match are granted to Fox Sports New Orleans while live stream is available at NBA League Pass and SofaScore. Being in their home court gives the Pelicans that upper hand and they are favored to win by NBA Betting Line Picks over the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans 1/8/2020
Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans 1/8/2020 Betting Odds
Chicago Bulls Betting
The Bulls are hitting a rough patch recently with as they lost five of their last six games. Their only win came from the Trae Young-less Atlanta Hawks. Against Dallas, Lauri Markannen had one of his best games with 26 points and nine rebounds while Zack LaVine added 20 points and seven assists. Tomas Satoransky had a double-double with 11 points and 14 assists but he shot 25% of his 12 shots. More than the individual performances, it was the lack of defense that the team lacked as they allowed the Mavs to shoot 52% from the field. In order to win this game on the road, they need to play hard on the defensive end but with Wendell Carter Jr. out, they need someone else to fill in.
Players to watch: Z. LaVine PG 37 GP 37 GS 33.7 MIN 23.6 PTS 0.7 OR 3.8 DR 4.5 REB 4 AST 1.4 STL 0.5 BLK 3.2 TO 2.2 PF 1.2 AST/TO 18.33 PER
L. Markkanen PF 37 GP 37 GS 30.3 MIN 15.4 PTS 1.2 OR 5.5 DR 6.7 REB 1.6 AST 0.9 STL 0.5 BLK 1.7 TO 1.9 PF 1 AST/TO 15.23 PER
C. White PG 37 GP 0 GS 23.9 MIN 11.3 PTS 0.4 OR 3.1 DR 3.4 REB 2.2 AST 0.8 STL 0.1 BLK 1.5 TO 1.4 PF 1.5 AST/TO 10.28 PER.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting
The Pelicans have found a good way to mesh their team even without Zion Williamson in the roster right now. For the past seven games, they lost only twice and their last loss was just two points against the Jazz. Brandon Ingram is showing his real potential as he finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Lonzo Ball is on a roll with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. JJ Reddick added 23. Coming close to beating the Jazz proves that the Pelicans right now are not to be neglected anymore. Derrick Favors has helped the paint and became their double-double threat. Without Carter Jr., he is expected to capitalize on the team’s lack of interior presence.
Players to Watch: B. Ingram SF 33 GP 33 GS 34.2 MIN 25.2 PTS 0.9 OR 6 DR 6.8 REB 3.8 AST 1 STL 0.8 BLK 2.9 TO 3 PF 1.3 AST/TO 21.38 PER
J. Redick SG 35 GP 31 GS 28.4 MIN 15.6 PTS 0.2 OR 2.7 DR 2.9 REB 1.9 AST 0.3 STL 0.2 BLK 1.1 TO 1.6 PF 1.7 AST/TO 15.54 PER
L. Ball PG 29 GP 20 GS 29 MIN 12.1 PTS 1.2 OR 3.9 DR 5.1 REB 5.5 AST 1.2 STL 0.2 BLK 2.5 TO 1.9 PF 2.2 AST/TO 13.84 PER
Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans 1/8/2020 Betting Numbers
Chicago are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
Otto Porter Jr. SF Foot is out indefinitely
New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday PG Elbow is downgraded to OUT Wednesday vs Chicago
Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans Betting Picks
This game is predicted to swing the Pelicans’ side being on their home court is an advantage as well according to Best Sports Book Online. Not getting enough credit, Lonzo Ball has become a solid player for the team and has been the x-factor so far. With no true center in the paint for the Bulls, they just look like headless chickens.
Moneyline: The Bulls are given the ML of +175 if they pull an upset over the Pelicans. Meanwhile, New Orleans are at -210.
ATS: Chicago and New Orleans are separated by five points across the spread. Bulls are +5 while Pelicans are on the other end of the stick -5.
TOTALs: This match is predicted to reach the total of 223 with Chicago the team going over while the Pelicans are under.
Score Prediction: 114 – 108 Pelicans