Free NBA Pick: Bulls vs Hornets NBA Odds
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(14-14) Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets (16-13)
Date: Friday December 23
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: The Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Charlotte -4
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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The Chicago Bulls will hit the road to take the court against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. The Bulls are coming off of a loss to the Washington Wizards, who beat them 107-97.
Charlotte is riding a pair of wins into Friday’s matchup, their most recent being a 117-113 defeat of the Lakers. Chicago will be hoping to turn their luck around as Charlotte looks to begin a winning streak.
The Chicago Bulls are a defensive team with more of a mediocre offense. They’re tied for first in rebounds and they’re 5th in points allowed, allowing other teams just 99.6 per game.
Though this team’s defense is great, their offense is one dimensional and won’t win them many games. They place all pressure late in games on Jimmy Butler, expecting him to sink as many shots as it takes to close deficits.
But one man just can’t carry a team constantly. Butler is very good though, averaging a league 11th best 24.4 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.68 steals.
Shooting guard Dwayne Wade is the league’s 35th best scorer with an average of 19.3. Small forward Taj Gibson chips in as well with 12.4 points per game along with a team best 7.4 rebounds and 1.14 blocks which ties him for 27th in the league.
Jimmy Butler led Chicago’s offense with 20 points in the loss to Washington and Dwayne Wade was right behind him with 19.
Point guard Rajon Rondo racked up ten assists in the loss in an unusually balanced offensive night.
The Hornets rank in the top 10 in three statistical categories in the NBA. They are fourth in rebounds, seventh in assists, and tenth in points allowed. They’re 16th in points per game. Overall this is a solid team and that’s why they’re first in their division.
This team is Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum.
The Hornet guards are the lifeblood of the team. Walker is 18th in the league in scoring with his 22.6 per game. His 5.5 assist average and 1.36 steals per game are good for second and first on the team, respectively.
Batum averages a team second best 14 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 7.4 and assists with 5.6. After those two, things drop off significantly for the most part.
Their win over the Lakers was fueled by Walker and Batum. With his 28 points and 10 assist performance, Walker became the franchise leader in games of at least 25 points and ten or more assists.
His big game helped Charlotte come back from a 19 point deficit in the win along with Batum’s eighth double double of the season and some sharp shooting from beyond the arc by Marco Belinelli.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Chicago is 1-5 ATS in their previous 6 games
- Chicago is 1-4 ATS in their previous 5 on the road
- Charlotte is 1-5 ATS in their previous 6 games
- Charlotte is 6-1 in their previous 7 against Chicago
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
This should be an extremely close game between a pair of similar teams. Both rely on their guards heavily and play with a tough defensive style with a middling offense.
The outcome will simply be a question of who does it better.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte -4.
I like the Hornets minus the points at home in this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Chicago 96 – Charlotte 103
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