Charlotte Hornets (28-29) at Chicago Bulls (24-33)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -3 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and the Chicago Bulls duke it out at the United Center on Thursday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in a real funk lately as they’ve lost five of their past six games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting routed by the Knicks in a 109-97 road loss on Tuesday. PJ Washington led the team in scoring with 26 points off the bench, Terry Rozier added 21 points with seven rebounds and eight assists while Miles Bridges chipped in with 15 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 45 percent from the field and 16 of 39 from the 3-point line as they got off to a quick start and poured in 66 points in the first half to take the early lead, before going ice-cold in the second half where they managed just 31 points to lose by double-digits in the end. Devonte’ Graham had a night to forget as he scored just nine points on three of 10 shooting.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in a real slump as they’ve lost 12 of their past 17 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after last night’s 121-105 road loss to the Cavaliers. Lauri Markkanen led the team in scoring with 16 points off the bench, Coby White and Thaddeus Young each scored 14 points while Tomas Satoransky chipped in with 13 points off the bench but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Bulls shot 49 percent from the field and 13 of 37 from the 3-point line, but they just left themselves too much ground to make up after getting outscored by 34-12 in the first quarter. Nikola Vucevic had a night to forget as he scored just nine points on four of 12 shooting while Garrett Temple scored just four points on two of seven shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games against a team with a losing record, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days' rest and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the over is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings overall and the Hornets are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Hornets have really cooled off lately with five losses in their last six games and their confidence took a hit in their loss to the Knicks on Tuesday. The Bulls have been in season-worst form as they’ve struggled without the injured Zach LaVine and are coming into this one fresh off a bad loss to the struggling Cavaliers. It’s always tricky to pick games between two struggling teams, but there’s just more to like about the Hornets against a depleted Bulls team playing on zero days’ rest.