Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 9 (2/9): NBA

Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction, Pick and Preview, February 9 (2/9): NBA

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Odds
Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Bulls money line -160
Bulls spread -3
Hornets money line +135
Hornets spread +3
Over / under 230.5

 

2021-2022 season stats
  Bulls Hornets
Record 33-21 28-27
Road / home record 14-13 14-11
Streak 2L 5L
Points per game 111.83 113.35
Points allowed per game 110.24 114.20
Rebounds per game 42.91 44.47
Rebounds allowed per game 43.76 47.55
Over / under record 30-22-2 26-28-1

 

Preview

Tonight we have a the Chicago Bulls traveling to Charlotte to take on the Hornets in what should be a high scoring affair. Both team's have struggled a bit of late as Chicago has dropped their last 2 while the Hornets are on a 5 game skid. Both teams will look to turn things around tonight and get back in the win column.

The Bulls enter this game led by talented scorer's in Demar Derozan, Zach Lavine, and Nikola Vucevic. They are currently batlting some injuries to the likes of Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, and now it looks like Ayo Dosunmo will be out tonight due to a concussion. Ball and Caruso have been out for a little while now so the team has already adjusted. The main three for the Bulls should have their way tonight as the Hornets don't have any capable defenders to take away their shots. The Bulls will look to get back to their winning ways tonight in Charlotte.

The Hornets enter this game on a 5 game skid and a matchup with the Bulls could easily turn that into 6. They'll need to find something on the defensive side of the ball as their fast pace has led to plenty of scoring but their defense as been abysmal because of it. Gordan Howard sprained some ligaments in his left ankle and will be out indefinitely. The Hornets will need Lamelo Ball, Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre, and Miles Bridges to step up in the absence of Hayward tonight and the rest of the season if they want to start winning games and turn around their recent struggles.

Prediction

I believe Chicago is the much better team in this matchup, though the Hornets have plenty of scorers who can get hot on any given night. I plan on leaning with the more experienced team in the Bulls and expect them to pick up this win and cover the 3 points.  

PICK: Bulls -3 (-110)

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