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Bulls vs. Hornets - 12/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Charlotte Hornets (10-8) at Chicago Bulls (11-5)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -7 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN

The Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls square off Saturday night at the United Center.

The Charlotte Hornets look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 102.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 17.6 points and 4.8 assists while Nicolas Batum is averaging 16.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is grabbing five rebounds and Jeremy Lin is dishing 2.9 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hornets are shooting 43.1 percent from the field in their last five games and have lost four of their last six when allowing 100 or more points. The Charlotte Hornets have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

Bulls vs. Hornets - 12/5/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls look to remain hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 98.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 97.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 3.4 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 14.4 points and 10.8 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 6.1 assists and Taj Gibson is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep in their last five games and have won nine straight when allowing less than 100 points. The Chicago Bulls have won four straight home games. Nikola Mirotic is doubtful and Kirk Hinrich is questionable.

The Hornets are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The Hornets are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Chicago and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

These teams are similar in my eyes, as they both can play great defense but also go long stretches offensively where the ball just doesn't fall. When you add in the fact the Bulls are banged up a bit and the Hornets have won three of the last five meetings, I'm siding with the points here. 

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Charlotte Hornets +7

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