Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Predictions, Odds, Picks
- The Bulls have lost 3 of their last 5 games, now sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
- The Hornets have now lost 5 games in a row and now find themselves 9th in the Eastern Conference.
- The Bulls won their earlier meeting with the Hornets 133-119.
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Odds
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Chicago Bulls||-1.5 (-110) |
|O 229.5 (-110) |
|Charlotte Hornets||+1.5 (-110) |
|U 229.5 (-110) |
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Predictions and Picks
Two teams in some precarious defensive form, the Bulls and Hornets are both looking to get back on track. Chicago should still find a victory, especially considering Charlotte’s poor defensive standards.
Chicago Bulls def. Charlotte Hornets
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Head-to-Head: Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets
|Chicago Bulls ||Head-to-Head||Charlotte Hornets |
|Billy Donovan||Head Coach||James Borrego|
|33-21 (3rd in East)||Standing||28-27 (9th in East)|
|113.5 (4th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.9 (12th of 30)|
|111.9 (20th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.7 (25th of 30)|
|98.4 (15th of 30)||Pace||100.5 (2nd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. DeRozan (27.2)||PPG||M. Bridges (19.8)|
|N. Vucevic (11.6)||RPG||M. Plumlee (7.7)|
|L. Ball (5.1)||APG||L. Ball (7.5)|
|A. Caruso (1.9)||SPG||L. Ball (1.5)|
|N. Vucevic (1.2)||BPG||M. Bridges (0.9)|
|T. Bradley (.583)/D. DeRozan (9.9)||FG%/FGM||N. Richards (.667)/M. Bridges (7.4)|
|L. Ball (.423)/L. Ball (3.1)||3P%/3PM||C. Martin (.410)/T. Rozier (3.0)|
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|Lonzo Ball||Chicago Bulls||20 Jan 2022||Out (Knee)||Ball will undergo surgery on his left knee and is expected to return in 6-8 weeks.|
|Alex Caruso||Chicago Bulls||22 Jan 2022||Out (Wrist)||Caruso will be re-evaluated in 6-8 weeks after he has surgery to repair his fractured right hand.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||Chicago Bulls||25 Jan 2022||Out (Finger)||Jones Jr. suffered a right finger fracture and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.|
|Patrick Williams||Chicago Bulls||29 Jan 2022||Out (Wrist)||According to Shams Charania, there is a chance that Williams may return before the end of the regular season.|
|Coby White||Chicago Bulls||7 Feb 2022||Day to Day (Adductor)||White was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Chicago’s Monday (Feb 7) game.|
|Jalen McDaniels||Charlotte Hornets||29 Jan 2022||Out (Ankle)||McDaniels suffered a sprained ankle and there is no timetable for his return.|
|James Bouknight||Charlotte Hornets||7 Feb 2022||Out (Wrist)||Bouknight was OUT Charlotte’s Monday (Feb 7) game.|
|Gordon Hayward||Charlotte Hornets||7 Feb 2022||Day to Day (Ankle)||Hayward left Charlotte’s Monday (Feb 7) game and did not return.|
|Cody Martin||Charlotte Hornets||7 Feb 2022||Out (Foot)||Martin was OUT Charlotte’s Monday (Feb 7) game.|
How Can the Bulls Beat the Hornets?
The Chicago Bulls are coming off of back-to-back losses and will be looking to reverse their fortunes against the Charlotte Hornets. If they hope to come out the victor, they must get off to a better start.
In Chicago’s last game, a loss to the Phoenix Suns, a late surge wasn’t enough to overcome their first half woes. The Bulls allowed their opponents to shoot 56.5% from the field in the first half and entered halftime with a minus-7 rebounding differential.
Missing three of their best defenders in Ball, Caruso, and Jones Jr. certainly hurts, but there will be no excuses against the Hornets. Chicago must set the tone on both ends early, or the Hornets’ scoring ability may overwhelm them.
Bulls Key Player: (G) Zach LaVine
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— NBA (@NBA) January 13, 2022
The Chicago Bulls need a win and Bulls All-Star Zach Lavine seems primed to go off in this matchup. The Hornets are particularly poor on defence, and Lavine is coming off of a game where he showed off his all-around skillset.
In a 127-124 loss to the Suns in their last game, LaVine posted 32 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. LaVine’s efficiency was particularly notable, shooting 45% from the field and converting on 4 of 7 three-point field goals.
The Hornets put up a very flimsy defensive effort on both the perimeter and in the paint. With little resistance at the point of attack, expect a big game from LaVine.
How Can the Hornets Beat the Bulls?
The Charlotte Hornets are a young team, so that is going to come with some growing pains. However, when it comes to playing defence they need to find consistency and maturity.
The Hornets showed some defensive promise in their last game against the Raptors, but it was short-lived. After losing the first quarter 35-21, the Hornets held Toronto to 37.5% shooting in the second quarter. In the end, the Hornets couldn’t carry their defensive standards through the game.
If Charlotte wants to beat the Bulls, they need to buckle down on defence for four quarters. If they can’t the Bulls will run through them to an easy victory.
Hornets Key Player: (G) LaMelo Ball
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) February 8, 2022
On the night that LaMelo Ball was named an All-Star, he was outshone by the All-Star talents on his opponent’s side of the court. Against the Bulls, Ball will have a chance to redeem himself.
In his last game, a loss to the Toronto Raptors, Ball posted an inefficient 15 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals in 44 minutes of play. Ball was a minus-10 on the night, shooting just 5 of 19, 26.3%, from the field while committing 7 turnovers and 5 fouls.
Ball is a great distributor, but if he can’t be efficient against a half court defence he’s struggled. Against a Chicago Bulls team whose defence has been lacking due to their injuries, Ball has the chance to get his offence back on track.
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How to Watch Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets
|Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Information|
|Teams||Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets|
|Location||Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, February 9th, 2022|
|How to Watch||ESPN|
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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