The Chicago Bulls (3-20), who are currently riding a 10-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they travel to Spectrum Center to challenge the Charlotte Hornets (9-14). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 202 points with Charlotte set as an 11-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 8, 2017, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.
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The Bulls lost a tough one against the Indiana Pacers in their last contest, 98-96. Chicago’s Kris Dunn put together a good performance, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Indiana had a better turnover percentage (12.5 vs. 15.1). Chicago, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.6 (above their season average of 19.9).
The last time the Hornets played, they were defeated by the Golden State Warriors, 101-87. Kemba Walker led Charlotte in scoring with 24 points on 8-for-21 shooting. Golden State held the Hornets to an effective field goal percentage of 0.381 (below their season average of 0.495). Charlotte, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (26.4 vs. 18.6).
Charlotte could put on a ball-control clinic in this showdown. Charlotte ranks first in the league at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.2 percent), while Chicago forces the fewest turnovers (12.5 percent). Moreover, the Bulls, who rank 24th in offensive rebounding percentage (20.2 percent), might have a tough time getting put-back points against the Hornets, who rank fourth in defensive rebounding percentage (81.0 percent).
Of Chicago’s 23 games, 14 have finished under the projected point total, while 12 of Charlotte’s 23 games have finished under the projected point total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Hornets have a clear advantage. They are 9-14 SU and 10-12-1 ATS, while the Bulls are 3-20 SU and 9-11-3 ATS.
These teams have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to score 243 points, well over the projected point total of 198.5. The Bulls won 123-120, covering as 6.5-point underdogs. The Bulls 10.2 turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Hornets, who had a rate of 11.1. Despite the loss, Walker was the games leading scorer with 47 points.
Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Hornets, ATS Winner – Hornets, O/U – Under
- The Hornets rank first in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.6) while the Bulls rank 14th (17.2).
- Charlotte ranks 20th in blocks per game (4.4) while Chicago ranks 28th (3.4).
- Charlotte ranks second in fast break points allowed per game (8.2) while Chicago ranks 14th (11.0).
- Charlotte leads the league with 9.8 second chance points allowed per game while Chicago is fourth with 10.3 second chance points allowed per game.
- Chicago is 6-6-1 ATS on the road, while Charlotte is 8-4 ATS at home.
- The Bulls have 7 overs and 6 unders in 13 road games.
- The Hornets have 7 unders and 5 overs in 12 home games.
- In games where they allow less than 100 points, Chicago is 2-5 and Charlotte is 5-1.
- The Bulls are 2-6 when they score above 100 points, while the Hornets are 9-6.
- The Bulls rank 18th in assists per game (22.0) while the Hornets rank 28th (20.2).
- Charlotte averages 47.0 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the league. Chicago ranks 26th in rebounds allowed per game (46.1).
- The Bulls rank seventh in three pointers attempted per game (31.5) while the Hornets rank 27th in three pointers allowed per game (32.0).
- The Hornets rank fifth in steals allowed per game (7.0) while the Bulls rank ninth (7.4).
- Charlotte ranks 15th in points in the paint per game (43.0) while Chicago ranks 29th (37.5).
- Charlotte is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Chicago is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Hornets average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.4, up from 1.6 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Bulls have scored an average of 100.4 points per game (4.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 106.6 points per game (0.2 below their season average).