NBA Picks: N.O. Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls

Steven Suarez

Monday, December 2, 2013 2:52 PM GMT

The Bulls are in a bad way right now but will try to get things going with a win over New Orleans tonight. Which side holds the most NBA betting value?

Odds Overview

At every sportsbook we check out, Chicago is favored by 6.5 points. The Bulls enter with a 7-8 SU mark and 6-9 ATS record, while the Pelicans are 8-8 SU and 6-9-1 ATS.

An O/U of either 192 or 192.5 can be found in the NBA odds. The OVER has gone 11-5 in New Orleans' games so far, but the UNDER is 9-6 in matchups involving Chicago.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans are back at .500 for the season after winning consecutive road games over Philadelphia (121-105) and New York (103-99).

In the win over the Knicks, New Orleans shot 49.4 percent overall and hit 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) from beyond the arc. Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans were on fire off the bench, combining for 55 points on 19-of-39 shooting – Anderson hit seven threes on his way to 31 points and Evans finished with 24 points, seven assists and four steals.

The win came with a hefty price though. Anthony Davis, who had been tearing it up, went down with a fractured hand and is now set to miss weeks of time.

Anderson will assume even more responsibility now, while the likes of Jason Smith and Al-Farouq Aminu will get more time as well.

At 5-2 SU over their last seven, the Pelicans are rounding into form after a shaky start to the season, but the loss of Davis is going to be a huge test for this young team. Will they be able to hold on?

Chicago Bulls

A tough time to be a Bulls fan. Derrick Rose has been lost for the season (again) and the team is struggling to find themselves. Chicago has lost five of their last six, all of which were on the road, and are coming off a 97-93 loss to Cleveland.

Without Rose, the Bulls leaned even more on Luol Deng and he responded with a game-high 27 points to go along with 11 assists and four rebounds. It was a pretty quiet night for the duo of Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah though, as they totaled 16 points and 15 rebounds between them.

Meanwhile, Tony Snell has been inserted into the starting five and has looked good, scoring 31 points while playing 35+ minutes over his last two appearances.

Chicago's struggles are oh so familiar. They're still playing great defensively, ranking third in efficiency by allowing only 95.9 points per 100 possessions, but they just can't get the ball in the basket on a consistent basis.

The Bulls rank #25 in offensive efficiency and it's not going to get any better with Rose out of action.

NBA Pick

As bad as the Bulls have been, especially since Rose went down, this spot sets up nicely for them to get back on the winning side on their home court.

Losing Davis is a huge blow for New Orleans, and while Anderson can fill in offensively with his shooting ability, the Pelicans are going to lose a lot of luster on the defensive end without their number one overall pick. We think Chicago will try to get Boozer and Noah going inside and that their effectiveness (and the Bulls' commitment to defense) will guide them to a win

Many will be attracted to the Pelicans when making their NBA picks, but we like the wounded Bulls to win and cover.

Pick: Chicago Bulls -6.5

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