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(5-7) Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls (2-10)
Date: Friday, November 17
Time: 8:00 PM EDT
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -7
NBA Betting Total: 198
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The Chicago Bulls host the backsliding Charlotte Hornets Friday from the storied United Center.
During this encounter, each franchise hopes to open its weekend by snapping a five-game winless drought. While Chicago owns the NBA’s worst record, the Hornets’ issues are attributable to an early-completed docket featuring just one opponent currently below .500.
To wit, Charlotte’s past five foes sit at 45-26. During this dry run, however, Steve Clifford’s men offered resistance, losing only to Minnesota in non-competitive fashion.
Conversely, Chicago recently folded before 7-7 Oklahoma City, thus capping a lopsided season sweep.
And while each franchise has welcomed rugged opposition, the Bulls’ previous three opponents enjoyed a +70 scoring edge. This number proves not all five-game losing streaks are equal.
Chicago lists Nikola Mirotic (facial fracture), and David Nwaba (ankle) as out vs. Charlotte. Justin Holiday (personal) remains day-to-day. The Hornets list Treveon Graham (quadriceps) as day-to-day.
Throughout a stiff recent stretch, the Hornets kept pace with Boston, San Antonio, Cleveland, and New York before encountering the same fate dealt Nov. 5 by Minnesota, 112-94.
To complete Charlotte’s latest setback, LeBron James and company earned a season-high third-consecutive win following a 54-40 second-half run vs. the Hornets.
James (31 points) led all scorers as Channing Frye scored seven of his nine points during Cleveland’s timely fourth-quarter effort.
Meanwhile, newly-instated Michael Kidd-Gilchrist paced Charlotte with 22 points as Kemba Walker added 20.
The competitive pendulum, though, swung in Cleveland’s favor from deep (13-6 3PM) and on the glass (+9 reb advantage).
With Gilchrist and versatile Nic Batum back in the fray, Charlotte must adapt before reaching pre-season expectations. Although, bottom-tier Chicago is the ideal opponent to begin rectifying personnel and style issues against.
The Bulls flux in complete disarray. Chicago’s 92.8 ppg clip throughout its losing skid is the NBA’s lowest scoring average over that span bar none. Further, Oklahoma City held the visiting Bulls to 79 points and 26 made FGA to highlight a 92-79 win.
Statistically, the above-mentioned numbers are sufficient for describing Chicago’s main plight.
Simply, in today’s NBA, a team which cannot score cannot win. Though the Bulls are respectable defensively, they lack avenues to generate made baskets. If this trend holds vs. Charlotte, murmurs may begin circulating regarding Fred Hoiberg’s job security.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Charlotte is 1-6 in away games this season.
- Chicago is 1-4 at home this season.
- Chicago is 6-6 ATS this season.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
Finally whole, Charlotte is a team seeking momentum ahead of a predicted playoff run. On the other hand, Chicago has no such aspirations and only plays for small moral victories while much of its current roster does not register on the franchise’s long-term radar.
As such, expect two conflicting mentalities from the principles in Friday night’s contest. Also, look for Charlotte to gain road-win number two of its hard-luck campaign.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets – 8.0
The Charlotte Hornets average 103.7 ppg (20th NBA) and allow 105.7 ppg (15th). The Chicago Bulls average 92.4 ppg (Last in NBA) and allow 102.9 ppg (8th).
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hornets 101 – Bulls 94
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