New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/8/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/8/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (13-24) at New Orleans Pelicans (12-25)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls pay a visit to the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night. 

The Chicago Bulls have been in a bit of a slump as they've lost five of their last six games and they  will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after falling to the Mavericks in a 118-110 road loss on Monday. Lauri Markkanen led the team with 26 points and nine rebounds, Zach LaVine added 20 points with seven assists, Coby White scored 15 points off the bench while Tomas Satoransky chipped in with 11 points and 14 assists. As a team, the Bulls shot 46 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 33 points in the first quarter, but they just couldn't keep the pace in the second half as the Mavericks pulled away behind the play of Luka Doncic who racked up another triple-double of 38 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans have been playing some of their best basketball of the season as they've won five of their last seven games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after falling painfully short to the Jazz in a 128-126 home loss on Monday. Brandon Ingram led the team with 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists, JJ Redick added 23 points on seven of 12 shooting, while Lonzo Ball racked up 21 points with eight rebounds and seven assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 48 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line as they ralled in the fourth quarter to tie the game with 1:28 left, but they just couldn't score the rest of the way as Ingram missed the potential game-tying layup.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games overall. The Pelicans are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss and 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the over is 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings in New Orleans, the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Bulls are 14-3-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings in New Orleans.

Jrue Holiday sat out on Monday with a bruised left elbow and is considered out for Wednesday, but the Pelicans have been playing so well with Ball at the point that I don't think they're going to miss him in this matchup. The Bulls have been playing better than their recent record suggests, but the Pelicans are finally on a nice run and I think they can keep it going with a win and cover at home.

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Peter’s Pick New Orleans -5

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