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NBA betting line favors Bulls over Pelicans

Chicago BullsNew Orleans Pelicans
23-22February 01, 2014, 08:00 | New Orleans Arena19-26

New Orleans will look to improve on its 19-26 record on Saturday when they host Chicago in NBA odds action at New Orleans Arena.

The Pelicans bring a 19-26 record (20-23-2 ATS) to the battle against the 23-22 Bulls, who are 21-24 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New Orleans go 22-23 so far and the Bulls go 18-27. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Chicago Bulls vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

The Pelicans were listed as a 1-point underdogs at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), while the total was listed at 183 over at 5Dimes earlier.

The Pelicans - Bulls odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to power ranks. New Orleans is rated No. 23 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bulls sit at No. 12. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 90-88 win for the Bulls.

Chicago won its last outing, a 96-86 result against the Spurs on January 29. The Bulls covered in that game as a 7.5-point underdog, while the 182 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Chicago got 19 points from Jimmy Butler en route to a 96-86 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday at AT&T Center.

In their last action, New Orleans was an 88-77 loser on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (165) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Pelicans endured an 88-77 loss at the hands of the Timberwolves on Wednesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Al-Farouq Aminu at Target Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulls rank No. 8 in the league with 44.98 per game. That compares with New Orleans’s No. 18 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where New Orleans is the NBA’s No. 26-ranked team at 5.98 per game, while the Bulls rate No. 27 with 5.98 per contest.

Next up:
Chicago at Sacramento, Monday, February 3rd
New Orleans home to San Antonio, Monday, February 3rd