New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 6, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago -1 -- Over/Under 223
The Chicago Bulls play host to the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center on Wednesday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been in a slump as they’ve lost six of their last seven games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after falling just short against the Pacers in a 109-107 home loss on Monday. Jahlil Okafor led the team with 25 points and 13 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 19 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists, Ian Clark scored 18 points off the bench while Darius Miller chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot just 43 percent from the field and just nine of 38 from the 3-point line as they fell just short despite rallying in the fourth quarter. Once again, the Pelicans were severely shorthanded as they were without four of their best players. With the narrow loss, New Orleans fell to 23-31 overall and 15-10 at home.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in rough shape as they’ve lost 15 of their last 17 games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Hornets in a 125-118 road loss on Saturday. Bobby Portis led the team with 33 points and nine rebounds off the bench, Lauri Markkanen added 30 points with nine rebounds while Zach LaVine chipped in with 18 points of his own. As a team, the Bulls shot a healthy 51 percent from the field and nine of 24 from the 3-point line as they dominated early to lead by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but the Hornets would dominate the second half by 74-58 to run away late. With the loss, Chicago fell to 12-41 overall and 7-21 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Bulls are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games playing on three or more days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last five home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the road team is 25-9-1 ATS in the last 35 meetings, the Pelicans are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Chicago.
The Pelicans have really gone ice-cold since losing Anthony Davis to injury and his pending departure has been a real drag, but they’re still 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Bulls have been in a real slump for a while now as they’ve lost 15 of 17 and they’re just 0-5 ATS in their last five home games. It’s hard to trust either team these days but the Pelicans are 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings in Chicago and I think they can escape with the narrow win in this one.