Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/10/21

Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/10/21 Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (10-12) at Chicago Bulls (9-14)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls +3 -- Over/Under: 231 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

The Chicago Bulls play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center on Wednesday night. 

The New Orleans Pelicans have been in great form lately as they've won six of their past eight games and they will be aiming for a season-high fifth straight win after blowing past the Rockets in a 130-101 win last night. Brandon Ingram led the team with 22 points on nine of 13 shooting, Zion Williamson added 20 points with seven assists, Josh Hart racked up 20 points with 17 rebounds while Lonzo Ball chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 51 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line as they took control of the game with 63 points in the first half, before outscoring the Rockets by 38-20 in the fourth quarter to finish in a flurry. 

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in a slump as they've lost six of their past eight games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Wizards in a 105-101 loss on Monday. Zach LaVine led the team with 35 points and six assists, Thaddeus Young added 14 points with six assists off the bench while Danzel Valentine chipped in with 11 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 42 percent from the field and nine of 30 from the 3-point line as they fell behind by 10 points at halftime after allowing 34 points in the second quarter, before their late rally came up just short as the Wizards escaped on free throws.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on zero days' rest and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the Pelicans are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Chicago. 

Here we have a classic case of two teams headed in opposite directions as the Pelicans are a team on the rise as they're currently playing their best basketball of the season, while the injury toll is weighing heavy on the Bulls who are missing quality players in Otto Porter Jr and Lauri Markkanen. I expect plenty of fight from the Bulls at home, but in the end, the Pelicans are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Chicago, so I like them at the short line here.

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Peter’s Pick New Orleans -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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