Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets - 2/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (27-23) at Charlotte Hornets (25-26)
NBA Basketball: Monday, February 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -6 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Hornets collide at the Time Warner Cable Arena tonight.
The Bulls have lost four of their last five games and are in danger of losing a third straight after falling to the Timberwolves in a 112-105 defeat on Saturday. Pau Gasol led the team with a game-high 25 points, Derrick Rose added 18 points and 10 assists while E'Twaun Moore had 17 points and seven assists, but it just wasn't enough as the Bulls went ice-cold late in the game, allowing the Wolves to close the game on a 12-0 run to steal the win. Jimmy Butler missed his first game since straining his knee and we can immediately see the hole he left in the Bulls' scoring potency as they were outscored by 63-50 in the second half against a Wolves team mired right near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Hornets have won three of their last four games and will be hoping to build on Saturday's 108-104 win over the Wizards. Nicolas Batum fell one assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists while Kemba Walker added 23 points as the Hornets shook off a slow start and dominated the second half by 60-46 to sneak past the Wizards and improve to 25-26 overall and 18-9 at home where they've won four of their last five.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Hornets are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game and 6-2 ATS in their last eight Monday games.
Head to head, the Bulls are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the road team is 13-5 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall.
These teams have split two meetings this season with the Hornets winning the last meeting by 102-96 on Dec. 5, and I'm expecting a similar result as the Bulls look to be really shorthanded without their best player in Butler who does so much on both ends of the floor. I'm not in love with this matchup, but I am leaning towards the Hornets to get the job done at home against a slumping Bulls outfit.