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Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls - 10/26/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls (1-3) at Charlotte Hornets (2-3)
Date & Time Friday October 26, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -9 -- Over/Under: 228
TV Channel
WGN, FSCR
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NBA | Chicago Bulls (1-3) at Charlotte Hornets (2-3)
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The Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets meet Friday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Chicago Bulls look for their first road win of the season to rebound from a rough 1-3 start to the season. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 111.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 117.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 32.3 points and 3.3 assists while Jabari Parker is averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Justin Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Payne is dishing 3.8 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost 12 of their last 15 road games.

The Charlotte Hornets look for their first home win of the season to get back to a .500 record. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 112.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 110.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 31 points and 5.4 assists while Malik Monk is averaging 12.6 points and two rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing five rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.7 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost each of their last four home games.

The Bulls are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 vs. NBA Southeast, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Hornets are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 Friday games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Charlotte, 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Chicago Bulls have won six of the last seven meetings against the Charlotte Hornets, which includes a two-point win on Wednesday when they were 4.5 point underdogs. The Hornets aren't a team I ever want to lay big points with, as they can struggle at times to score and the defense has slipped a bit, as they're 21st in the league in field goal percentage allowed. The Hornets simply shouldn't be big favorites against anybody. Give me the points here.

Pick:
Chicago Bulls +9

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