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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/11/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (40-40) at New Orleans Pelicans (30-50)

NBA Basketball: Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans +4.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls invade the Smoothie King Center to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.

The Bulls have won four of their last seven games and they'll be full of confidence after beating the Cavaliers by 105-102 on Saturday. Jimmy Butler led the way with 21 points, Cristiano Felicio added 16 points off the bench while Pau Gasol added 11 points with 12 rebounds as the Bulls stayed in the playoff hunt with a hard-fought win over the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers. With the win, Chicago improves to 40-40 on the season which is currently good for ninth place behind Indiana, but they could be eliminated from the playoffs by the time this game begins as Indiana can knock them out of the race with just one more win. 

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/11/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Pelicans have split their last eight games which is pretty good considering their long list of injuries, but they are coming off a disappointing 121-100 loss to the lowly Suns. Toney Douglas led the team with 23 points, James Ennis added 18 points while Luke Babbitt had 17 off the bench but the Pelicans were just too inefficient on both ends of the floor, especially in the second half where they were outscored by 66-53 by the Suns. With the loss, New Orleans drops to 30-50 on the season which means they will most likely finish in 12th place in the Western Conference, well below where most experts predicted prior to the start of the season.

In ATS trends, the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win and 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games playing on one days rest, while the Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a loss of more than 10 points.

Head to head, the Bulls are just 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall but a healthy 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in New Orleans.

With the Bulls officially eliminated from the playoff race, we could see a bunch of reserves line up for this game, so it's really hard to know which side to take in this game. I still think the Bulls would want to finish on a high note so I'm taking them to win this one by single digits.

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Chicago -4.5

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