Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 11/16/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports New Orleans
The New Orleans Pelicans will try to defeat the Chicago Bulls at Smoothie King Center on Wednesday.
The Bulls stepped onto the hardwood against the Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 126-103 in their last contest. Chicago wrapped up the game having earned a 49.4% FG percentage (40 out of 81) and made 6 out of their 22 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Bulls buried 17 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 81.0%. In relation to rebounding, they earned 36 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 24 dimes in this game as well as creating 16 turnovers and having 9 steals. In terms of defense, Chicago allowed 60.0% from the floor on 48 of 80 shooting. Denver doled out 33 assists and had 11 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Denver pulled down 36 boards (5 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 4 rejections. Denver finished the game shooting 81.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 17 of 21 shots. They made 13 out of their 27 attempts from beyond the perimeter. When talking about fouls, the Bulls ended up walking away with 19 while the Nuggets had 17 fouls.
Zach LaVine is someone who came through for this contest. He ended up with 21 points on 8 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins and also snagged 5 rebounds. LaVine ended up going 53.3% from the floor and dished out 4 dimes.
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Chicago heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 6-8 this year. They are turning it over 15.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 20.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Chicago is snagging 43.1 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 339 assists this season, which ranks 16th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Bulls are connecting on 36.0% on shots from beyond the arc (145 of 403) and 84.9% from the free throw line. They average 110.8 points per game (18th in basketball) while going 46.6% from the field.
On defense, the Bulls are able to force 16.4 turnovers per game while drawing 19.4 fouls. They rank 25th in basketball in allowing assists with 379 surrendered on the year. The Bulls defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 47.5% (568 of 1,197) and they concede 42.3 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 37.3% on shots from distance and they are 12th in the league in opponents PPG (110.9).
For their last game, the Pelicans walked away with a victory by a final of 119-106 when they played the Rockets. The Pelicans were able to collect 24 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 13 steals for this game. The Rockets had 23 fouls for the matchup which got the Pelicans to the free throw line for a total of 31 shots. They were able to make 27 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 87.1%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, New Orleans knocked down 8 out of 29 tries (27.6%). When the final whistle was blown, the Pelicans shot 42 out of 86 from the floor which had them shooting 48.8%. The Pelicans allowed the Rockets to make 40 out of their 79 tries from the floor which had them shooting 50.6% for the game. They shot 33.3% from 3-point land by going 12 out of 36 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 18 at the free throw line (77.8%). Concerning attacking the glass, New Orleans permitted Houston to snag 43 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Zion Williamson ended up having an impact for the Pelicans in this game. He converted 8 out of 9 for the contest giving him a rate of 88.9%, and added 4 rebounds. Williamson racked up 26 points in his 35 mins of playing time and had 6 dimes for the matchup.
New Orleans has a record of 7-6 this year. As an offensive team, the Pelicans are connecting on 47.9% from the floor, which is ranked 6th in the NBA. New Orleans has totaled 1,514 points for the season (116.5 per game) and they pull in 45.3 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 26.7 times per contest (9th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.5 times per contest. The Pelicans have committed 20.1 personal fouls every game and they connect on 77.4% from the free throw line.
The New Orleans defense concedes 32.9% on 3-point attempts (153 of 465) and their opponents are making 81.9% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 26.3 assists and 42.1 total boards per game, which is ranked 22nd and 7th in basketball. The Pelicans defensively are ranked 15th in the league in PPG given up with 113.0. They have forced 15.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.1% from the floor (21st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago
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