The New Orleans Pelicans battle the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, Feb. 6. The odds have already changed in this one. The Pelicans have flown from a -3 ½ favorite to a -5 favorite. Is the action on New Orleans justified? Or, will Chicago show that they can hang with Zion and N’awlins? Check out the NBA odds, a preview and a free pick for Pelicans vs Bulls!
Pelicans vs Bulls 2020 NBA Lines, Analysis & Prediction
Zion Williamson (right toe sprain) upgraded to available for game at Chicago Thursday night https://t.co/vzDvAs9Ptk— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 6, 2020
- When: Thursday, Feb. 6 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
- Over/Under Odds: 231 ½
Why the New Orleans Pelicans are a good bet -5?
With every game, the Pelicans start to gel more. New Orleans had a 3-game winning streak about a week and a half ago. The highlight, a win over the Boston Celtics, showed that the Pelicans can beat a great basketball team. On Thursday night, they face one of the worst squads in the NBA. Also in New Orleans favor? Zion Williamson is listed as probable.
- Points/G: 114.9
- Field Goal %: 45.6
- 3-Point %: 37.1
- Free Throw %: 73.6
- Rebounds/G: 46.4
- Points/G: 117.2
- Field Goal %: 46.4
- 3-Point %: 35.6
- Free Throw %: 79.2
- Rebounds/G: 45.8
Why the Chicago Bulls are a good bet +5?
Although Zion gets the press for this matchup, Zach LaVine is the player to watch. LaVine averages 24.9 points per game. He should excel on Thursday night. Why? The Pelicans like to play fast, which means Zach will have plenty of opportunities for quick scores. New Orleans allows 117.2 points per. That sets things up for Chicago to have success on offense.
- Points/G: 105.9
- Field Goal %: 44
- 3-Point %: 34.3
- Free Throw %: 76.6
- Rebounds/G: 42.4
- Points/G: 108.7
- Field Goal %: 47.2
- 3-Point %: 34.9
- Free Throw %: 75.7
- Rebounds/G: 46.1
NBA Betting Trends for New Orleans Pelicans vs Chicago Bulls
- Pelicans are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games versus a team with a losing straight-up record
- New Orleans is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games
- Pelicans are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Under is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 games following an ATS loss
- Chicago is 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog
- Bulls are 17-37 ATS in their last 54 home games
- Chicago is 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 3 or more days rest
- Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 overall
- Over is 5-0 in Chicago’s last 5
Pelicans vs Bulls Final NBA Betting Analysis
LaVine can shoot, but after Zach, Chicago lacks scorers. The Bulls average 105.9 points per. That won’t cut it against a Pelicans squad that can shoot lights out.
Zion averages 19.6. Brandon Ingram scores 25.1. Lonzo Ball drops 11.9 and Jrue Holiday scores 19.4. Even Derrick Favors is close to double-figures in scoring with 9.5. Chicago doesn’t have the players that can run with the Pelicans.
New Orleans heads into this matchup off a couple of losses. But the losses were against Milwaukee and Houston. The Bulls stand a small chance to keep this close. Most trends favor the Pelicans. Also, the team is more than just Williamson. Back New Orleans to cover.
NBA Free Pick: Pelicans -5