New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls - 10/22/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls - 10/22/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (1-0) vs New Orleans Pelicans (0-1)

Game Info: Friday, October 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls -6.5 -- Over/Under: 224 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls meet Friday in NBA action at the United Center. The New Orleans Pelicans need a win after losing their opener to the 76ers. The Chicago Bulls look for a 2-0 start after beating the Pistons.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 97 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 51.8 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 25 points and seven rebounds, while Nickel Alexander-Walker is averaging 23 points and five rebounds. Devonte’ Graham is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is dishing three assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 43.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 52 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game.

The Chicago Bulls are averaging 94 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 88 points on 40 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 34 points and four assists, while DeMar DeRozan is averaging 17 points and seven rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Lonzo Ball is dishing four assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 21.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game.

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The Pelicans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 Friday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 11-3 in Pelicans last 14 overall. The under is 11-1 in Bulls last 12 overall. The Pelicans are 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Chicago.

The New Orleans Pelicans are better than what they showed in their season opener, but they're not all that attractive without Zion and their defensive effort was poor to say the least. The Chicago Bulls were terrific in the preseason, especially defensively, and that effort carried over to their regular season opener. Sure, it came against the Pistons, but the Bulls are clicking early, and they're having a lot of fun playing together. The Bulls are tough to fade at the moment. Give me the Bulls.

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Randy’s Pick Chicago Bulls -6.5

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