New Orleans Hornets versus Chicago Bulls Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 2-19-2013

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The 30-22 Chicago Bulls will return from the All Star break as they take on the 19-34 New Orleans Hornets in an NBA pro basketball game on Tuesday night. Tip off time from New Orleans is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The NBA odds from this pro basketball game has the road team Chicago Bulls favored by -2 points with an over under line of 181 ½ points. There has been a move by a ½ point on over the total as the game came out a few hours ago with an over under of 181 points.

The teams met once during the lockout season with the Hornets posting the 89-82 road win at Chicago as a +9 ½ point underdog. The total came in at under 181 ½ points.

Chicago has a road record this season of 15-10. The team entered the All Star break with two straight losses and four defeats over their past five games. They come off the 71-69 road defeat on Wednesday to the Boston Celtics as a +2 ½ point underdog. The total came in at under 181 ½ points.

The Bulls were held to just 33 second half points in defeat. They shoot just 36.5% from the floor along with 3 of 17 from three. Chicago loses the game by giving it away with 22 turnovers. They hold the Celtics to 36.8% from the floor. Marco Belnelli came off the bench to lead Chicago with 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting. With no Derrick Rose in the lineup the Bulls continue their struggles offensively. They rank in the bottom third of the NBA in the important offensive categories of points scored per game, field goal and three point shooting. Chicago puts up just 93 points a game. No timetable for Derrick Rose to return back to the Bulls lineup.

The Hornets are 9-15 on their home court. They hit the All Star break with two straight wins and four wins over their past five games. They come off the 99-63 home win against the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday as a -5 point betting favorite. The over under line came in at under 192 ½ points. New Orleans takes advantage of a travel weary Trailblazers team on a back to back and closing out a long east coast road trip. The Hornets hold Portland to just 26 first half points. They shoot 47.1% from the floor and 5 of 12 from three. New Orleans wins the game allowing Portland 32.4% shooting and forcing 18 turnovers. Rookie Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds on 10 of 17 shooting. It was a much needed improvement as Davis had averaged nearly 5 points per game in his previous four games. Davis is hitting on 51.2% of his shots this season and should get more shots off with that percentage. New Orleans is seventh in the NBA in three point shooting as the team hits on 37.6% from beyond the arc.