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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-18) Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans (15-19)
Date: Wednesday, March 3rd
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans LA
NBA Moneyline Odds: Bulls +175 | Pelicans -210
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -5
NBA Betting Total: 237
Chicago needs to stop the bleeding a bit. The Bulls were climbing up the Eastern Conference ladder looking at a possible playoff contention but have dropped their last two. A win before heading into the all star break would go a long way.
New Orleans is kind of in the same spot, just too talented of a team to be the 5th worst team in the West right now. The Pelicans did beat the Jazz on Monday, and they’re scoring – and giving up – a lot of points right now.
Chicago is licking their chops to get another shot at the New Orleans back court defense – or lack there of. The Bulls beat the Pelicans 129-116 on February 10th behind some red hot shooting from their guards.
Zach LaVine was 9-14 from three in the first game with New Orleans, finishing with 46 points. Coby White chipped in 30, going 8-17 from beyond the arc. That was at home though, can the Bulls heat up on the road as well?
Chicago also didn’t have an answer for Zion Williamson in the last meeting, as he finished with 29 points on 12-18 shooting. The Bulls have gotten better in the post with the return of Wendell Carter, Jr. however.
Better in the post overall that is, as elite big men still feast on the blocks vs. Chicago. Nikola Jokic just went for 39/14/9 vs. the Bulls and it was only two weeks ago that Joel Embiid put up 50 and 17.
New Orleans Pelicans
It’s going to likely be a big night for Williamson, but that’s normal and it doesn’t always equate to New Orleans wins. Williamson has 26+ points in 8 of the last 10, but the Pelicans are also just 4-6 over that span.
New Orleans is scoring at an incredible pace right now though, The Pelicans have put up 120+ in six of the last eight. They’re 4-4 over that time though, giving up 120+ in each of the losses.
Williamson did have some help in the last meeting with Chicago however, as Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball both added 21 points. Ball had 23/7/8 vs. a tough Jazz defense on Monday, Ingram has 25+ in 5 of the last 6.
Where New Orleans could find a big advantage on Wednesday is on the blocks. Steven Adams had just 3 points last time vs. Chicago but has picked up his rebounding with 10+ in three of the last four.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog
- Bulls are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games
- Over is 5-2 in Bulls last 7 games as an underdog
- Pelicans are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite
- Over is 25-4 in Pelicans last 29 overall
Free Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The side could really go either way in this one. Williamson will dominate, but how hot are LaVine and White going to be? That duo torched the Pelicans a couple weeks ago, but that was also at home.
Oddmakers are expecting some points in this one, and the 237.5 seems orbital. Ultimately the New Orleans post game, with an improving Steven Adams contribution, will be the difference maker in a big Pels win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pelicans -5
New Orleans has three players who can go for 20+ on any given night. The Bulls are relying too much on LaVine right now.
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