Chicago Bulls at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/24/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Chicago Bulls at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/24/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (30-42) vs Chicago Bulls (42-30)

Game Info: Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans +1 -- Over/Under: 230 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans meet Thursday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Chicago Bulls need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last six games.

The Chicago Bulls are averaging 111.8 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 111.2 points on 47 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 27.6 points and 5 assists, while Zach LaVine is averaging 24.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Coby White is dishing 3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 108.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 26.1 points and 5 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.

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The Bulls are 5-17-1 ATS in their last 23 road games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Pelicans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 13-3 in Bulls last 16 overall. The over is 4-1 in Pelicans last 5 overall. The Bulls are 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings in New Orleans.

The Chicago Bulls are still struggling due to their lack of depth and injuries, and they're losing their last five games by an average of 13 points while allowing 51.7 percent shooting from the field. The New Orleans Pelicans are simply playing the better ball at the moment, and they need to take advantage of games like this if they're going to lock up a spot for the play-in tournament. Toss up game, give me the home team that's shown far and away more recent signs of life.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +1

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