Pelicans aiming to rebound from the last matchup that ended in a defeat in a match where the Chicago Bulls made a franchise-record 25 3-pointers in a 129-116 victory against them on Feb. 10. Chicago coming off a 112-118 home loss against the Denver Nuggets. The Pelicans are coming off a 129-124 home victory against the NBA’s best team, the Utah Jazz, on Monday night. In general the New Orleans Pelicans have the W against the +0.500 heavyweight teams such as Milwaukee and Phoenix. On the contrary they’ve also recorded losses against sub-.500 teams such as Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Houston, Minnesota and Detroit. So the Pelicans are a team without to much consistency. But what I choose to believe in is multiple factors.
The statistics for the last 15 games rank the Pelicans as the best scoring team with 1841 points 122,7 game average with 51,2% FG and 39,7% 3P%. Per 100 possessions they score on average 123,7 points against the Bulls 112,7. The Pelicans will have a big advantage on Power Forward where I predict Zion Williamson will continue his strong form. The pelicans are second only after the Bucks and Giannis but with the highest FG%. In the Pelicans latest game we saw a the big three in Ingram, Williamson and Ball execute the perfect game plan alongside some good rebounding against the Utah Jazz. The Pelicans lead the REB% with the Bulls at 14th.
Ultimately I believe that we will see a great matchup for the Pelicans today and that the Pelicans will secure the W against the spread. The Bulls shot 53,2% from the 3 the last time 25 from 47. Today I don’t see that happening against a great scoring team in Zion and Co. Zach LaVine of course being the player to look out for. I just don’t see him carrying the Bulls like the last time with 46 points in regular play.
NBA Pick of the Game: Pelicans -5