The Spectrum Center in Charlotte hosts an intriguing Eastern Conference matchup between the Hornets and Bulls on Wednesday evening. Charlotte is 28-27 overall and 14-11 in home games to begin the season. Chicago is 33-21 overall and 14-13 in road tilts. James Bouknight (wrist) is listed as doubtful for Charlotte, with Gordon Hayward (ankle), Cody Martin (ankle), and Jalen McDaniels (ankle) ruled out. Lonzo Ball (knee), Alex Caruso (wrist), Ayo Dosunmu (concussion), and Derrick Jones Jr. (finger) are out for Chicago.
Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Bulls as 1.5-point road favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 236.5 in the latest Bulls vs. Hornets odds. Before you make any Hornets vs. Bulls picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Bulls vs. Hornets and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Hornets vs. Bulls:
- Bulls vs. Hornets spread: Bulls -1.5
- Bulls vs. Hornets over-under: 236.5 points
- Bulls vs. Hornets money line: Bulls -125, Hornets +105
- CHI: The Bulls are 13-13-1 against the spread in road games
- CHA: The Hornets are 15-10 against the spread in home games
Why the Bulls can cover
The Bulls have strong traits of their own, but Chicago also has a favorable matchup against Charlotte in key areas. The Hornets struggle mightily on the defensive end, ranking No. 24 in the NBA in defensive efficiency. Charlotte is No. 24 in the league in defensive rebound rate, and the Hornets are tied for last in the NBA in second-chance points allowed. From there, the Hornets are No. 27 in fast break points allowed, No. 29 in assists allowed, and No. 26 in the NBA in two-point percentage allowed.
On offense, the Bulls are tremendous, scoring 112.9 points per 100 possessions. Chicago is No. 3 in the NBA in shooting efficiency, including 47.8 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from 3-point range and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls average 24.4 assists per game, with 1.88 assists for every turnover and an impressively low turnover rate of 13.0 percent. Chicago also puts pressure on the opposition in transition, averaging 13.4 fast break points per game.
Why the Hornets can cover
The Hornets feature one of the best offensive units in the NBA. Charlotte is averaging 113.3 points per game on average, which ranks second in the league. Forward Miles Bridges paces the Hornets in scoring, averaging 19.8 points per game. Bridges is knocking down 48.6 percent of his field goals this season, and he recorded 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in Monday's loss against Toronto.
Guard LaMelo Ball has also been a solid contributor for the Hornets this season. The 20-year-old is averaging 19.5 points, 7.5 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game. Ball recorded a double-double the last time he faced the Bulls, finishing with 18 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.
How to make Hornets vs. Bulls picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 227 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
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