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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 NBA Picks and Previews

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

When: January 8, 2020 8:00 PM ET
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Stream: NBA League Pass / Sofa Score

Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans 1/8/2020 Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Chicago Bulls +5 (-108) 223 o (-110) +175

New Orleans Pelicans
-5 (-108) 223 u (-110) -210
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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

Trends

Chicago Bulls

Chicago are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
Bulls  are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
Chicago are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against New Orleans.
Chicago are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against New Orleans.
Bulls are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games on the road.
Chicago are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games when playing on the road against New Orleans.
Chicago are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games this season.
Bulls are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Western conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Southwest division.

New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans’ last 5 games.
New Orleans are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans’ last 7 games against Chicago.
New Orleans are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games at home.
New Orleans are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games when playing at home against Chicago.
Pelicans are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games this season.
New Orleans are 2-18 SU in their last 20 games against an opponent in the Eastern conference.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans’ last 6 games against an opponent in the Central division.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans’ last 7 games played in January.

Injuries

Chicago Bulls

Otto Porter Jr. SF Foot is out indefinitely
Lauri Markkanen PF Ankle is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs New Orleans
Wendell Carter Jr. C Ankle is downgraded to OUT Wednesday vs New Orleans

New Orleans Pelicans

Jrue Holiday PG Elbow is downgraded to OUT Wednesday vs Chicago
Zion Williamson PF Knee is out indefinitely

Head-to-Head
Chicago Bulls New Orleans Pelicans
18-19 Against the Spread 15-19
18-19 Straight Up 19-18
105 Points per Game 112
107 Points Allowed per Game 116
43.02 Offensive FG% 44.84
76.68 Offensive FT% 73.95
35.25 Offensive 3PT% 36.66
45.67 Defensive FG% 46.76
76.06 Defensive FT% 79.66
33.61 Defensive 3PT% 36.9

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