The CHICAGO and the NEW ORLEANS will both be gunning for a victory on 11/7/2018 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
CHICAGO BULLS vs NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
|511||CHICAGO||-10.5 (-110)||230.5 (-110)||400
TV: 8:05 PM
PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS , CHICAGO
Oddsmakers currently have the NEW ORLEANS listed as -10.5 point favorites versus the CHICAGO, while the game’s total is sitting at 230.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans are giving up far too much on the defensive end and can’t find their way out of the loss column. The Pelicans will try to snap a six-game slide when they return home to host the pesky Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
New Orleans just got back from a five-game road trip against Western Conference playoff contenders, during which it surrendered an average of 122 points to push its NBA-worst scoring defense to 120.7. “Guys, we’ve got 72 games left,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “We’re disappointed in a road trip like this – in the West, you don’t want to have any kind of losing streak – but we’re going to stay at an even keel. We’re going to compete at a high level, get better and correct the mistakes.” The Bulls dropped three games by a total of 11 points before finally breaking through with a 116-115 double-overtime win at New York on Monday. “Our guys needed to get a close one,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters. “We needed our guys to get a little confidence. We had a lot of miscues, but we needed a big stop and we got it (at the end of regulation and the first overtime). The guys hung tough and they stuck together. We found a way to get the win.”
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, FS New Orleans
ABOUT THE BULLS (3-8): Guard Zach LaVine scored a career-high 41 points on Monday, including the deciding free throw in the second overtime, and is averaging 27.9 points. “At the end of the day, I am going to do what I do to help us get a win,” LaVine told reporters. “I’ve worked hard to get to the next level.” Chicago has several players trying to get to the next level on a young team and rookie power forward Wendell Carter Jr. recorded his second straight double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in Monday’s triumph.
ABOUT THE PELICANS (4-6): New Orleans believes some of its problems on the defensive end are self-inflicted, and the team committed 21 turnovers in the 122-116 loss at Oklahoma City on Monday. “At the end of the day we had 21 turnovers for 28 points,” Gentry told reporters. “They were plus-16 points in turnovers and plus-10 in the paint. To me, that was the difference in the game. We talk about it all the time, we’re playing from behind way too much. … So, what we’re doing is putting ourselves in the position where we have to have the perfect storm to win.” The Pelicans could also use more from superstar Anthony Davis, who is 18-of-49 from the floor in his last three games.
1. Pelicans PG Elfrid Payton (ankle) sat out the last five games and remains questionable.
2. Chicago PG Cameron Payne is 3-of-17 from 3-point range over the last six games.
3. New Orleans took both matchups last season in overtime.
PREDICTION: Pelicans 123, Bulls 114