Charlotte Hornets (5-8) at Chicago Bulls (2-10)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +6.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls meet Friday in NBA action at the United Center.
The Charlotte Hornets need a feel good victory here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 103.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.5 points and 6.6 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 16.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. Nicolas Batum is the third double-digit scorer and Dwight Howard is grabbing 12.5 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost four straight road games.
The Chicago Bulls also need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 92.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Bobby Portis is averaging 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. Justin Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Robin Lopez is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 39 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost three straight home games.
The Hornets are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Chicago, 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Unless we're getting double-digit points, I'm not sure how you can back the Chicago Bulls in damn near any spot. The Bulls are possibly the worst team in basketball, and the numbers are even worse at home this season where they're averaging just 82.8 points on 35.6 percent shooting. You can't make that up. So, while I don't think highly of the Charlotte Hornets and fade them often, you can't back the Bulls. This team is god awful.