New Orleans Pelicans vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 2/10/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (-3)
The Chicago Bulls (9-14) host the New Orleans Pelicans (10-12) at United Center on Wednesday. Chicago opens this matchup as 3-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 231.
The New Orleans Pelicans took the court against the Memphis Grizzlies and notched a win by a score of 118-109 in their last game. New Orleans ended the contest having earned a 51.7% FG percentage (45 of 87) and converted 15 of 33 3-pointers. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pelicans knocked down 13 of their 21 shots for a rate of 61.9%. When discussing pulling down rebounds, they earned 42 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 27 assists in this matchup while earning 3 steals and 9 rejections. Regarding defending, New Orleans allowed 44.4% from the floor on 40 out of 90 shooting. Memphis totaled 27 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Grizzlies pulled down 45 boards (11 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Memphis finished the game shooting 84.2% from the free throw line by converting 16 of their 19 tries. They buried 13 of their 39 tries from beyond the arc.
Zion Williamson is a player who was a contributor in this contest. He notched 29 points on 10 of 14 shooting. He played 33:19 minutes and also snagged 4 rebounds. Williamson finished shooting 71.4% from the floor and also totaled 5 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Pelicans was Brandon Ingram. He pulled down 12 rebounds and accumulated 3 assists. He finished shooting 55.0% from the field for the matchup by shooting 11-of-20 (27 points). When the final whistle blew, Ingram was on the hardwood for 34:59 minutes.
New Orleans will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 10-12 for the year. They turn it over 14.9 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 17.7 personal fouls every game. As a unit, New Orleans is snagging 46.6 rebounds per game and has racked up 527 dimes so far this season, which ranks 25th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Pelicans are shooting 35.6% on shots from distance (250 of 702) and 71.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 111.5 points per game (16th in the league) while hitting 47.1% from the field. On defense, the Pelicans are able to force 13.8 turnovers every game while drawing 21.0 personal fouls. The Pelicans defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.8% (304 of 461) and they concede 42.1 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 22nd in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 606 relinquished this season. They are relinquishing 37.5% on 3-point attempts and they are 19th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (112.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Chicago Bulls went home defeated by a final of 105-101 against the Washington Wizards. The Bulls corralled 40 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 50 for the matchup. They blocked 4 shots while recording 6 steals for this game. The Wizards had 21 personal fouls for the contest which took the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to convert 20 of the free throws for a rate of 83.3%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Chicago converted 9 of their 30 tries (30.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Bulls finished shooting 36 out of 85 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.4%. The Bulls allowed the Wizards to convert 36 of their 86 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 41.9% in this game. They went 23.1% from 3-point land by going 6 out of 26 and ended up shooting 27 out of 36 at the free throw line (75.0%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Chicago allowed Washington to snag 47 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Zach LaVine was important for the Bulls in this contest. He converted 12 of 26 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 46.2%, which had him sitting at 35 points. LaVine grabbed 2 rebounds in his 37:34 minutes of playing time and had 6 dimes in the matchup. Another guy that was important for Chicago was Denzel Valentine. He ended up walking away with 11 points in his 27:45 minutes on the court via 4 out of 13 from the floor for this contest. Valentine ended the game having shot 30.8% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Chicago has a win-loss mark of 9-14 for the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulls are shooting 47.6% from the floor, which ranks them 6th in the NBA. Chicago has totaled 2,633 points for the season (114.5 per game) and they collect 44.1 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 26.0 times per contest (8th in the league) and they turn it over 16.5 times per contest. The Bulls are committing 20.7 fouls every game and they shoot 79.6% from the charity stripe. The Bulls defensively are ranked 26th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 115.7. The Chicago defense surrenders 36.4% on shots from behind the 3-point line (286 of 785) and their opponents are knocking down 76.7% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 24.0 assists and 43.3 boards per contest, ranking them 11th and 9th in basketball. They are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.4% from the field (23rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Chicago (+3)
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