Hornets vs Bulls Prediction - NBA Picks 1/5/24

Chicago Bulls (15-21) vs Charlotte Hornets (8-24)

Game Info: Friday, January 5, 2024 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls -8.5 -- Over/Under: 223.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Charlotte Hornets travel to the United Center to do battle with the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Here’s a Hornets vs Bulls Prediction.

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have been in terrible shape as they were riding an ugly 11-game losing streak before they snapped out of it with a 111-104 win over the Kings on Tuesday. Terry Rozier led the way with 34 points and six assists on 13 of 24 shooting, Miles Bridges added 27 points on nine of 18 shooting while PJ Washington chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Hornets shot 51 percent from the field and 12 of 34 from the 3-point line as they did just enough to hang in the contest, until they closed the final 3:42 on a 17-6 run to snatch the game from the Kings to pull off the upset win on the road.

Chicago Bulls

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in a rut as they've lost four of their last six games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting thrashed by the Knicks in a 116-100 road defeat on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 28 points on 10 of 13 shooting, Coby White added 26 points with eight assists while Andre Drummond and Alex Caruso scored 13 poitns each. As a team, the Bulls shot just 41 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the 3-point line as they took the lead into halftime, before they went cold and got outscored by 65-45 in the second half.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Bulls rank 1st in the league for opponent field goal attempts per game this season (85.4).
  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for Q1 points per game this season (25.7).
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (39.7%).
  • The Hornets have missed the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons - longest active streak in the NBA

Hornets vs Bulls Prediction

The Hornets weren't looking good at all during their 11-game losing streak, but they showed plenty of character in their upset comeback win over the Kings on Tuesday, while the Bulls have gone cold lately and they just got routed by the Knicks in an ugly loss on Wednesday. The Hornets really did look like a different team in their win on Tuesday, but those performances have been so few and far between this season, so I'm more comfortable taking the Bulls to bounce back at home in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Chicago -8.5

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