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Pelicans vs. Bulls - 2/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (30-20) at New Orleans Pelicans (27-23)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +2 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN, FSN, NBATV

The Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans meet Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center.

The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last five games and play yet another road game. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 101.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.6 points and six rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.7 points and 4.8 assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 12 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.8 assists. The Chicago Bulls continue to struggle most on the offensive end, as they’re shooting just 39.4 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from deep in their last five games. The Bulls have scored 93 or less points in three of their last five games and have to find their groove if they hope to start string some wins together.

Pelicans vs. Bulls - 2/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans have won four of their last six games and are chasing a playoff spot. On the season, the Pelicans are averaging 100.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 46 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 24.5 points on 10.4 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 assists. Ryan Anderson is shooting 41.3 percent from the field and Eric Gordon is dishing 3.9 assists. The New Orleans Pelicans have allowed 100-plus points in their last four games but are allowing just 32 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The offense for the Pelicans will continue to thrive, but their defensive effort will determine if they can continue to fight for a playoff spot.

The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Pelicans are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in New Orleans and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall. 

I said it yesterday, I really like the way the Pelicans are playing right now. Although the Bulls are rested, I'm going to back the home team and the free bucket. New Orleans is for real, folks. 

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New Orleans Pelicans +2

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