The NBA is set up with a strong slate of games throughout March 3. Ten games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these matchups will be between the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Pelicans. These two teams have struggled a bit this season, but will look for an important win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Bulls have put up a record of 15-18 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Eastern Conference. Chicago is a game and a half above the Hawks and the Wizards, who are looking to take their spot in the playoff race. The Bulls have lost back to back games and will look to turn it around in this one.
New Orleans has started out this season with a record of 15-19, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are two games out of the playoff picture. New Orleans is coming off a win in their last game, which ended a two game losing streak. The Pelicans will look to keep it going in this one.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but they are both around the playoff race. The Pelicans are sitting right outside the Western Conference playoff race and will look to move up with a win in this one. Chicago has a slight lead for the tenth seed and will look to strengthen their hold on the spot with a win in this one.
The Bulls and the Pelicans met up twice throughout last season. The first game was in New Orleans on January 8. Zach LaVine dropped 32 points, while Thaddeus Young scored 18. It was not enough though. Brandon Ingram finished with 29 points and 11 assists. J.J. Redick put up 24 points to help lead the Pelicans to a 123-108 win at home.
Chicago hosted the second game of the season series on February 6. Zach LaVine finished with 22 points on the night. The Bulls bench combined for 58 points, but it was not enough. Zion Williamson scored 21 points and J.J. Redick added 18 points off the bench. Brandon Ingram dropped 15 points to help give New Orleans a 125-119 win on the road.
The first game of this season’s series was in Chicago on February 10. Zion Williamson dropped 29 points, while Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball both had 21 points. Zach LaVine finished with 46 points on the night. Coby White added 30 points, while Denzel Valentine scored 16 points. The Bulls were able to ride it to a nice 129-116 win at home.
New Orleans was able to sweep the season series last season, but the Bulls were able to grab a win to start out this season’s series. Chicago needed LaVine and White to combine for 76 points on the night to give them that win. The Bulls will look for their depth to give them a bit more of an edge in this one on Wednesday night.
Field Goal Shooting
Chicago has been shooting the ball well so far this season. The Bulls have been able to make 48.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 4th in the NBA. Chicago has shot 37.7 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 9th in the league. The Bulls are also shooting 79.7 percent from the free throw line, which is 7th in the NBA.
The Pelicans have been really strong shooting the ball as well this season. New Orleans has made 48.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 3rd in the league. The Pelicans are shooting 36.5 percent from deep, which is 16th in the NBA. New Orleans has drained 73.2 percent from the charity stripe, which is 28th in the league this season.
The Bulls have been a bit better shooting the ball throughout this season. New Orleans will look to set the pace inside the paint, while Chicago will look to shoot well from deep. Neither team has been great on defense. The Bulls have a slight edge, holding opponents to a 47.3 percent from the field, which is 22nd in the league.
Zach LaVine has been the leader for the Bulls so far this season. LaVine is averaging 28.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Coby White has averaged 16 points, while Wendell Carter is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Thaddeus Young has averaged 12 points per game. Patrick Williams is averaging 10 points per game to round out the lineup.
Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram have been leading New Orleans to this point in the season. Williamson has averaged 25.5 points and 7 rebounds per game. Ingram is averaging 24 points per game. Lonzo Ball has averaged 15 points and 5 assists per game. Eric Bledsoe has averaged 12.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
Chicago has had some extra help from their depth this season, while the Pelicans have leaned a lot on Williamson and Ingram. New Orleans will need some players to step up in this one if they want to grab the win. The Bulls are without Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter, which hurts them a bit. Chicago will look for some players to pick up their play in their absence.
The Bulls are sitting a little bit better so far this season, but New Orleans will look to earn a big win in this one. I think that the Pelicans can grab a win in this one as they are at home. New Orleans will look to move the ball well to open up the paint in this one. If the Pelicans can start out strong, I think they will be able to hold off Chicago on Wednesday night.
BetOnline has New Orleans listed as a -5 against the spread in this one. This gives a big edge to the Pelicans at home in this one. I agree with this line as New Orleans has picked up their game as of late. The Pelicans will need some players to step up, but I like the value on them at home. I think New Orleans will be able to bounce back after losing to the Bulls earlier in the season.