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The Chicago Bulls will travel to the Spectrum Center on Friday night to take on the Spectrum Center. The Bulls are entering this game 6-8 on the season and are riding a two-game winning streak after taking down the Houston Rockets 125-120 on Monday night. The Hornets haven’t played since Saturday due to COVID postponements but are also 6-8 and riding a three-game losing streak after losing to the Toronto Raptors 116-113. This will be the first time this season that these two teams will face off against one another.
These two teams have been playing very different styles of basketball so it’ll be interesting how they will be when they clash on Friday night. Let’s take a deeper dive into this matchup and decide where we should be placing our wagers in this game.
One of the Best Scorers
The Chicago Bulls have been dependent on shooting guard Zach LaVine to carry the offensive load this season. He is averaging 27.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 steals in 35.6 minutes on the court. He is shooting the ball well as he is 49.8 percent from the floor, 38.7 percent from deep, and 86.2 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Rockets, LaVine played 37 minutes and finished with 33 points, four rebounds, seven assists, a block, two steals, and five turnovers. If he can figure out a way to cut down on the sloppy play, the Bulls should be in a better position here.
The Charlotte Hornets have been one of the better defenses to begin the year as they are giving up just 108.1 points per game, which is 9th in the league. In their last game against the Raptors, they allowed 116 points on 36-of-86 (41.9 percent) from the floor, 21-of-49 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc, and 26 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to limit the amount of three-pointers being taken against them, they will be an even scarier defense than they already are.
Carry On My Hayward Son
The Charlotte Hornets have been dependent on small forward Gordon Hayward to carry the offensive load this season. He is averaging 22.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.6 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 34.5 minutes on the court. He is shooting the ball well as he is 49.3 percent from the floor, 40.9 percent from beyond the arc, and 93.1 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Raptors, Hayward played 38 minutes and finished with 25 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a steal. If he can figure out a way to replicate that offensive production, the Hornets should be able to take this game.
The Chicago Bulls have been one of the worst defenses to begin the year as they are giving up 120 points per game, which is 28th in the league. In their last game against the Rockets, they allowed 120 points on 46-of-88 (52.3 percent) from the floor, 17-of-40 (42.5 percent) from beyond the arc, and 17 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to limit the amount of three-pointers being taken against them, they will be a better defense than they have been to this point of the season.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Luckily for the Hornets, they weren’t the ones dealing with a COVID situation in their team so they were able to practice and figure out how to stay on top of their game. During this three-game losing streak, they have lost by a combined 16 points, meaning they are staying close in games and not getting blown out. The Bulls are coming off two good wins but LaVine can be limited against guys like Hayward and Lamelo Ball. Go with the Hornets to pick up a win at home here.
Full-Game Total Pick
We talked about the defenses so let’s talk about the offenses here. The Bulls are averaging 117.4 points on 47.8 percent from the floor while the Hornets are averaging 107.6 points on 44.5 percent from the floor. Charlotte’s defense will not allow Chicago to shoot as well as they have done this season. The Hornets don’t score much and this should be a low-scoring game so go with the UNDER here.