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Bulls vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Thursday, January 26th
- Betting Odds CHA +5.5, CHI -221 | CHA +181 O/U OFF
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 22-25, while going 25-22-0 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Chicago is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Bulls are coming off a disappointing 116-110 loss to the Pacers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 1 points. Chicago let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was DeMar DeRozan, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 66.7% of his shots.
The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 13-36. So far, the team has gone 19-26-4 against the spread. Today, the Hornets will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -24.5 points per contest.
Charlotte is trying to bounce back from a 128-97 loss to the Suns. Going into this game, the team was 7 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Charlotte struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip home at a 11 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Terry Rozier led the team in scoring with 19 points on a field goal percentage of 33.3%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Bulls averaged 123.67 points per game vs Charlotte, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Bulls saw a boost in scoring, the Hornets averaged 120.33 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Chicago. This figure was similar to season-long average. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Bulls have averaged 119 points per game compared to 109 for Charlotte. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Chicago. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 228 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Chicago offense is ranked 14th in the NBA in scoring at 114.6 points per game. So far, the Bulls are averaging 100.2 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Even though the Bulls are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 36.8%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
On defense, the Bulls will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 17th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Bulls offense has primarily worked through DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 44 games, DeRozan is 17th in the NBA at 26.2 points per game. So far, him and LaVine have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 49.9 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Zach LaVine is grabbing 4.6 rebounds for Chicago to go along with 4.2 assists.
For the season, the Hornets offensive unit is ranked just 25th in scoring at 112.0 points per contest. For the season, the Hornets have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 5th in the NBA in possessions per game.. The team’s offense could be a candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only do they generate an above-average number of possessions, but they are near the top of the league in made 2-point field goals per game.
Currently, the Hornets defense is ranked 25th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.89 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Hornets offense has primarily worked through Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 39 games, Rozier is 41st in the NBA at 21.3 points per game. So far, him and Washington have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 36.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, P.J. Washington is grabbing 4.6 rebounds for Charlotte to go along with 2.3 assists.
Bulls vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls -5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF