The Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets meet Friday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Chicago Bulls are averaging 113.4 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 112.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25.1 points and 5 assists, while Zach LaVine is averaging 25 points and 4.6 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Patrick Williams is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game.
The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 111.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 117.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Terry Rozier is averaging 21.1 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 20.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. PJ Washington is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game.
The Bulls are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Bulls last 4 overall. The under is 20-6 in Hornets last 26 overall. The Bulls are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls need to take advantage of games like this, but they're also inconsistent and not a team I trust with big chalk. The Bulls continue to run hot and cold, and they lose on the road by an average of 0.8 points. The Charlotte Hornets have been competitive over the last week despite having nothing to play for, and the home team has won 5 of the last 8 meetings. Give me the home dog, mainly for the lack of trust in the Bulls as big favorites.