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Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans (5-16) at Chicago Bulls (12-8)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -6.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans face off on Saturday in NBA action.

The Chicago Bulls are 12-8 this season that puts them two games back in the overall standings in the highly competitive NBA Eastern Division. The Bulls are 8-3 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and are coming off of a win against the Clippers on Thursday. The Bulls are averaging 98.1 pints and hey re shooting 42 percent from the floor including 36.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc while defensively they are allowing 97.7 points per game and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Jimmy Butler leads the Bulls averaging 20.9 points ad 5.3 rebounds per game. Pau Gasol is averaging 15.3 points and 10.8 rebounds, Derrick Rose is averaging 13.4 points and 5.7 assists, and Nikola Mirotic is averaging 11.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. The Bulls are still getting used to their new style and they should only get better with every game.

Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans are 6-16 this season ad that puts them in second to last place in the NBA Western Conference standings. The Pelicans are 1-10 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they ae coming off of a win against the Wizards on Friday. The Pelicans are averaging 101.8 points per game and they are shooting 44 percent while defensively they are allowing 109.1 and their opponents are shooting 46.4 percent. Anthony Davis leads New Orleans averaging 23.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Ryan Anderson is averaging 18 points and 7.0 rebounds, Eric Gordon is averaging 16.1 points, and Jrue Holiday is averaging 11.4 points. The Pelicans have been a major disappointment so far this season.

Chicago is 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 home games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and 0-4 against the spread playing on one days rest. New Orleans is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games, and 5-2 against the spread  in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record. The road team has covered the point spread in 10 of the last 11 meetings of these two.

The Bulls are favored by 6.5 and while they have been a lousy team against the spread at home the Pelicans are playing on back-to-back nights so the play here is the Bulls. 

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Chicago Bulls -6.5

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