At 7:00 ET, the Chicago Bulls (-142) will travel to take on the Charlotte Hornets (+118) in a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams. The Bulls are favored by 2.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 217.5.

Chicago comes into this game with a record of 22-26, which has them 9th in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Hornets are 13th in the East with a record of 10-35. Charlotte has lost four straight games and is 2.5-point underdogs at home.

CHICAGO BULLS VS CHARLOTTE HORNETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Chicago Bulls -2.5

This game will be played at Spectrum Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.

WHY BET THE CHICAGO BULLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 109-106 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Our projections have DeMar DeRozan finishing with DeMar DeRozan points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bulls finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.2% and knocking down 9 threes.

Can Chicago Pull Off A Win at Spectrum Center?

As the Bulls look to improve their 24-23 ATS record, they are favored by 2.5 points against the Hornets. This season, Chicago has been favored in 22 of their 48 games and has a 14-8 record as the favorite.

Chicago’s O/U record for the season is 23-24-1, and the under has hit in their last two games. On average, their games have finished with 223.3 points, which is higher than today’s O/U line of 217.5.

Chicago’s last game was a 118-107 loss to the Raptors. The Bulls were favored by 6.5 points going into the game, and the O/U line was 228. This gave the Bulls an ATS loss and moved their overall record to 22-26 (9th in the East).

In non-conference games, the Bulls have gone 9-9 compared to 13-17 against the Eastern Conference. On the road, they are 8-15 for the season, and they are 10-12 ATS on the road.

This season, the Bulls are 26th in the NBA in scoring at 110.9 points per game. When playing on the road, they are averaging 110.3 points per game.

So far, the Bulls have scored below the NBA average in 64.6% of their games. In their last two games, they have scored less than their season average.

Chicago is 27th in the league in pace at 96.6 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, the Bulls are 23rd at 46%.

Coming into the game, the Bulls defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 43.8% of their games. Currently, they are 9th in the NBA at 112.5 points per game allowed. In the terms of takeaways, Bulls are causing 11.8 turnovers per game, ranking 5th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 17th in rejections, averaging 5.1 blocked shots each game.

Can the Hornets Lock in a Home Win?

As the underdog, the Hornets have gone 8-33 this season and are 15-24 ATS as the underdog. In their last four games, they have failed to cover the spread, and they are 15-28 ATS for the season.

Charlotte’s O/U record for the season is 23-22, and 43 of their 45 games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line of 217.5. The average O/U line in their games is 228.4, and their games have averaged 228.9 points per game.

Charlotte’s last game was a 113-92 loss to the Knicks. The O/U line for that game was 219, and the Hornets were 9-point underdogs. In the Eastern Conference, the Hornets are currently 13th with a record of 10-35.

At home, the Hornets are 5-17 straight up and 7-13 ATS. Their average scoring margin at home is -11.5 points per game. On the road, the Hornets are 5-18 and 8-15 ATS.

Charlotte’s offense has struggled this season, ranking 28th in points per game (108.6). At home, they are 29th in the NBA with 108.0 points per game.

So far, the Hornets have outscored the league average in just 37.8% of their games. They are also last in free throw attempts and makes per game.

When it comes to pace, Charlotte is 22nd in the league at 98 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 28th at 45%.

Coming into today’s game, the Hornets’ defense is giving up an average of 120.3 points per contest. Charlotte’s defense is currently forcing 13.2 turnovers per game, which is 19th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 19th in blocked shots, with an average of 5 rejections per game.