Chicago Bulls at New Orleans Pelicans - 2/1/14
Chicago Bulls (23-22) at New Orleans Pelicans (19-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm (New Orleans Arena)
The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +1 -- Over/Under: 183.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
The Chicago Bulls second game of a long road trip will be a stop Saturday to play the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams met earlier in the year and provided us with an entertaining triple-overtime game that New Orleans ended up winning.
Chicago was supposed to be a team that was tanking for better draft positing once Derrick Rose went down with another injury. However, it’s won five of its last seven and is fresh off a big road win over San Antonio. It’s led by the second best defense in the league, which allows only 92.8 points per game, but the offense is also getting a scoring boost from guys such as D.J. Augustine and Mike Dunleavy.
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In their last five games, the Bulls are shooting an impressive 39.4 percent from beyond the arc.
New Orleans is also showing a few signs of life with wins in three of its last four. Anthony Davis is playing like the young star he is, and is expected to return to this game after missing Wednesday’s contest with an injured finger. The Pelicans are shooting 46.2 percent from the field in their last five games and have shown progress defensively, holding opponents to under 100 points in their last three.
The Pelicans have to have confidence heading into this game knowing they beat the Bulls without Davis in their previous meeting. And while Chicago may be in for a letdown after its win over the Spurs, a low line is too valuable to pass up.
Chicago is the better team, plays elite level defense and isn’t nearly as banged up as New Orleans. Chicago is also 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, while New Orleans is 1-4 against the spread in its last five home games.
I’ll gladly take the Bulls in pretty much a pick em, especially with them being 5-0 against the number in their last five games in New Orleans.