- The Bulls head to the Big Easy for a showdown with the Pelicans on Wednesday night
- New Orleans are short home favorites in a rematch of last Wednesday’s close matchup
- Read below to get our best betting picks for Wednesday’s clash at DraftKings Sportsbook
The Pelicans took down the Bulls last Wednesday in a close 115-111 affair, and after a quick detour to Denver, Chicago is back in the Big Easy for a rematch. As expected, New Orleans are favored in the Bulls vs Pelicans odds.
The Bulls are 6-8 and come into this one in desperate need of a win after losing two straight. Meanwhile, the Pelicans are riding high after two straight victories, including a win over Ja Morant and the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Zion Williamson sat out Tuesday’s win on the first night of a back-to-back set, but he’s ready to roll in this one. Chicago hasn’t played since Sunday, so Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, and Co. will be well-rested. Who will prevail in this star-studded matchup and where can we find value on the betting slip?
Let’s take a look at the Bulls vs Pelicans odds for Wednesday night as I break down our best NBA betting pick.
Bulls vs Pelicans Odds
|Chicago Bulls||+140||+3.5 (-110)||O 226.5 (-110)|
|New Orleans Pelicans||-165||-3.5 (-110)||U 226.5 (-110)|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook!
Louisiana sports betting apps list New Orleans as short home favorites in the Bulls vs Pelicans odds.
Chicago Bulls Betting Outlook
The Bulls have been respectable against the spread this season, sporting a 7-6-1 record overall including a 3-1-1 record as the road underdog and an 0-3 record in non-conference contests.
Chicago haven’t participated in too many high-scoring games, as the team has a 5-9 over/under record overall. The Bulls are 3-3 on the road and 2-3 as the road underdog. This could be a good spot as Chicago are underdogs in the Bulls vs Pelicans odds.
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Chicago is finally starting to see something from 2019 No. 4 pick Patrick Williams, who has averaged 1.8 blocks and 1.3 triples across his last six contests. The point guard position remains an area of weakness with Lonzo Ball out, but Ayo Dosunmu, Alex Caruso and veteran Goran Dragic have all stepped up in his absence.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Outlook
The Pels are one of the highest-scoring teams and most electrifying offenses in the NBA this season, but the team is just 6-7 ATS overall. The Pels haven’t been great in front of the home crowd, going 2-3 ATS, including a 1-3 record when favored at Smoothie King Center.
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— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 16, 2022
New Orleans have split both previous back-to-back sets, winning the first and losing the second. Williamson played in all four of those games and recorded his season-high in points (29) in both losses. This is a tough team to contain, as all of C.J. McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Zion can go off for 30 points on any given night, while role players like Larry Nance, Trey Murphy III and Jose Alvarado can put up big numbers as well. New Orleans’ roster is one of the deepest in the league.
Bulls vs Pelicans Pick & Prediction
New Orleans has lost the second game of its last two back-to-back sets, but they’ll buck that trend Wednesday as Zion Williamson returns with fresh legs to take advantage of a Bulls frontcourt that has allowed a whopping 56 points in the paint across its last three games.
The Bulls have significant firepower in LaVine and DeRozan, but this balanced Pelicans scoring attack will be too much for Chicago to handle.
Pick: Pelicans -3.5 (-110) 1u
Both teams have hit the under in each of their last four games, so why are we taking the over here? After averaging fewer than 10 points per game across his last four, CJ McCollum broke out of his scoring slump Tuesday with 30 points and seven triples. If he’s shooting well and Zion is dominating in the paint, the Pelicans should be able to score with ease.
These teams combined for 226 points when they met a week ago, and it’s reasonable to assume they can add just one more measly point to that total in the rematch. Take the over in the Bulls vs Pelicans odds at -110.
Pick: Over 226.5 (-110) 1u