Charlotte Hornets (13-36) vs Chicago Bulls (22-25)
Game Info: Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Spectrum Center)
Betting Odds: Charlotte Hornets +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Bulls pay a visit to the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center on Thursday night.
The Chicago Bulls have been in decent shape as they’ve won six of their last 10 games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after having their three-game win streak halted by the Pacers in a 116-110 road loss on Tuesday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 33 points on 14 of 21 shooting, Nikola Vucevic added 20 points with eight rebounds and five assists while Zach LaVine chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 48 percent from the field and just five of 24 from the 3-point line as they poured in 62 points in the first half to lead by as many as 21 points, only to allow the Pacers to explode for 70 points in the second half to slip away in the end.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have been in poor form as they’ve lost 10 of their last 13 games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting routed by the Suns in a 128-97 road loss on Tuesday. Terry Rozier led the team with 19 points and five assists, Mason Plumlee added 17 points while Jalen McDaniels chipped in with 15 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Hornets shot just 40 percent from the field and six of 25 from the 3-point line, but they never gave themselves a chance in this one after getting outscored by 36-15 in the first quarter. The Hornets did make a bit of a comeback, but they didn’t put up much of a fight in the second half where the Suns exploded for 70 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record, 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team below .400 and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Charlotte and the Bulls are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Bulls are still missing Goran Dragic, while the Hornets have ruled out Cody Martin and they are keeping eyes on LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward who are both listed as questionable. The Bulls come into this one as the team in better form and they will be eager to bounce back after blowing a 21-point lead to the Pacers in their last outing. The Hornets have shown glimpses of their potential and shocked some teams this season, but they looked bad in their last game and it’ll take a big game from Ball to keep the Bulls off them. The Bulls are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and I think that trend continues here.