The Chicago Bulls host the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center on Wednesday night, and there is some young talent on display in this game. Most of that young talent will come from the Pelicans, but the Bulls have some interesting pieces as well.
New Orleans got off to a rough start this season, but they are playing their best basketball of the season at this point. The Pelicans have won four straight games and they have improved their record to 11-12.
The Chicago Bulls are heading in the wrong direction, and the playoffs don’t seem possible this season. Chicago has now lost six of their last eight games and are just 9-14 on the season.
New Orleans is a three-point favorite on the road over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls Betting Preview: Pelicans Putting up Points
The New Orleans Pelicans have been putting up a ton of points of late, and that has allowed them to earn some very comfortable wins. New Orleans is averaging just 111.5 points per game, but that total continues to climb every time they take the floor.
Brandon Ingram leads the team with 23.9 points per game, and he is able to score in a variety of ways. Zion Williamson has chipped in with 23.7 points per game and he is usually good for a few highlight reel dunks each night.
The Pelicans want to play fast, and they will look to wear down the Chicago Bulls with their depth. This team is young, but they look ready to be a real threat in the Western Conference.
New Orleans will give up some points on the defensive end as well as they are allowing more than 112 points per game. The Pelicans have started to tighten things up recently, but there is still some work to be done if they want to be a playoff contender.
New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls Betting Prediction: Chicago Can’t Get Stops
If the Chicago Bulls are going to turn their season around then they must find a way to get some stops. Chicago is allowing 115.7 points per game, and that’s simply not good enough to win most nights.
The Bulls have been scoring points as well, averaging more than 114 points per game. Chicago is missing a few key offensive players due to injury, and that has hurt their offense of late.
Zach LaVine has been playing at an All-Star level this season and he leads the team with 27.4 points per game. LaVine does a little bit of everything for the Bulls, but he needs more help from his teammates.
Chicago has been struggling of late, and the New Orleans Pelicans are not the team that they want to see.
New Orleans Pelicans at Chicago Bulls Betting Prediction: Pelicans Blow Out Bulls
The Chicago Bulls looked as if they had started to turn things around a few weeks ago, but they are back to playing some bad basketball. It all starts on the defensive end of the floor, and Chicago has simply struggled to find ways to get some stops.
This is going to be a huge problem on Wednesday night as they are taking on a Pelicans team that can really score. New Orleans is going to score well over 100 points in this one, and the Bulls don’t have the offense to match that.
Don’t be surprised if Zach LaVine is able to keep the Bulls in this game for a half, but that’s about all a Bulls fan can hope for. New Orleans won’t have any trouble running away from this game in the second half as they cruise to another win.
Take the New Orleans Pelicans -3.0 over the Chicago Bulls in NBA action on Wednesday night.