Pelicans vs Bulls Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/6/2020
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans -3.5
Zach Lavine and the Chicago Bulls (19-33, 3rd in the Central Division) play the New Orleans Pelicans (20-31, 5th in the Southwest Division) at United Center on Thursday, February 6, 2020. New Orleans opens this matchup as 3.5 point favorites. The O/U opens at 230.
The Pelicans cover the spread 51.0% of the time, having gone 25-24-2 ATS. Chicago covers the spread 45.1% of the time, going 23-28-1 against the spread.
Key New Orleans Pelicans Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
11/08/19 SF Otto Porter Jr. Foot is out indefinitely
02/04/20 PG Kris Dunn Knee is out indefinitely
01/24/20 PF Lauri Markkanen Pelvis is out indefinitely
01/09/20 F Wendell Carter Jr. Ankle is out indefinitely
Brandon Ingram comes into this game averaging 25.1 points per contest while playing 34.3 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.5 rebounds per contest and distributes 4.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is 86%. Lonzo Ball averages 11.9 points per contest in 31.7 minutes per game. He averages 6.6 assists per game and 6.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 39% for the season while his free throw percentage is 56%.
Zach Lavine scores 24.9 points per contest while playing 34.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.9 rebounds per contest and has 4.1 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Coby White averages 11.1 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 23.9 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.4 rebounds per game and has 2.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
New Orleans averages 114.9 points per contest, which is 6th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 18th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 5th in the NBA. They average 46.4 boards per contest and 25.7 assists per game, which ranks them 5th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 3rd with 16.0 per game. The Pelicans allow 117.2 points per contest, which is 28th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 19th and 16th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 45.8 rebounds a game which ranks 17th, and they allow 24.4 assists per game which puts them in 16th place in the league. They force 14.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago is 27th in the NBA with 105.9 points per contest this season. They are 25th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -2.79. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 25th in the league. They are 29th in the NBA in rebounding with 42.4 boards per contest and 22nd in assists per game with 23.1. The Bulls are 8th in turnovers per contest with 15.2. The Bulls give up 108.7 points per game, which ranks them 12th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 47% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 23rd and 12th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 25.1 dimes allowed per game and 22nd with 46.1 boards surrendered per contest. The Bulls are 30th in the league in forcing turnovers with 18.0 per contest this year.
The Pelicans are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110, and their defensive rating of 112.1 is ranked 22nd. In terms of pace they are 3rd in the league with 103.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 9th. As a team they are 17th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 6th in the league. New Orleans is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 12th in the league.
Chicago is 6th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 7th in the league. The Bulls are 27th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.8, and their defensive rating of 108.5 is ranked 14th. In terms of pace they are 17th in the league with 99.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 25th. As a team they are 25th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Pelicans/Bulls NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago +3.5
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