Hornets vs. Bulls - 12/3/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (11-6) at Charlotte Hornets (4-14)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Charlotte Hornets +4.5 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, TSOH, NBATV
The Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets play Wednesday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Chicago Bulls have split their last four games and are coming off a double-overtime loss Tuesday to the Dallas Mavericks. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 101.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 98.3 points on 44 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler leads Chicago with 21.9 points and 5.7 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 19.4 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing out 4.6 assists and Aaron Brooks has 19 points in his last two games. The Chicago Bulls are still trying to get healthy at this point, as Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah and Rose are all questionable for this matchup with injuries. The Bulls continue to play solid defense but are limited with some of their key offensive weapons banged up one way or another.
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The Charlotte Hornets have lost nine straight and need to take advantage of three straight home games to turn things around. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 93.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting and are allowing 101.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Al Jefferson leads the Hornets with 20 points and 7.5 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 14 points and 5.7 assists. Lance Stephenson is 6-17 from the field in his last two games and Cody Zeller is averaging 5.2 rebounds per contest. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting just 41.6 percent from the field and 25.5 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. While the defense is above average, the Hornets aren’t going to win games until somebody helps the offense improve.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 vs. NBA Central. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Charlotte and the road team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Hornets have to start winning if they hope to return to the playoffs. With the Bulls banged up and coming off two overtimes, I'll take the home team and the points here.