Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/31/69 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago -7
Devonte' Graham and the Charlotte Hornets (11-16, 3rd in the Southeast Division) are headed to United Center on Friday where they'll take on the Chicago Bulls (9-17, 4th in the Central Division). Chicago opens this game as 7 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 216.
The Hornets are covering 51.8% of the time, having gone 14-13-0 ATS. Chicago is covering 50.0% of the time, going 13-13-0 against the spread.
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
12/11/2019 Nicolas Batum SF Hand Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
12/11/2019 Marvin Williams PF Knee Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
12/11/2019 Malik Monk SG Finger Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/11/2019 Cristiano Felicio PF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
12/10/2019 Jr SF Foot Expected to be out until at least Jan 6
12/10/2019 Chandler Hutchison SF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Dec 13
Devonte' Graham comes into this contest averaging 20.0 points per game while playing 33.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.7 rebounds per game and dishes out 7.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 81%. Terry Rozier averages 17.3 points per game in 33.0 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.3 assists per contest and 4.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 87%.
Lauri Markkanen averages 14.5 points per game while playing 29.9 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.7 rebounds per game and has 1.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. Zach Lavine averages 22.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.4 rebounds per contest and 4.0 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte averages 106.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -6.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 25th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 5th in the league. They average 42.1 rebounds per game and 23.9 assists per game, which ranks them 27th and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 15th with 15.3 per game. The Hornets allow 112.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 28th and 20th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.0 rebounds a game which ranks 21st and they give up 27.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 30th place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 16th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago is 23rd in the league with 106.6 points per game this year. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -1.7. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They are 22nd in the league in rebounding with 43.3 boards per game, and 21st in assists per contest with 23.3. The Bulls are 12th in turnovers per game with 15.6. The Bulls surrender 108.3 points per contest, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 16th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 18th with 24.2 assists allowed per contest and 28th with 47.9 rebounds surrendered per game. The Bulls are 30th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 18.4 per game.
The Hornets are 19th in the league in defensive rating with 114.4, and their offensive rating of 107.6 is ranked 27th. They are 26th in the NBA in pace with 98.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 17th. As a unit they are 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 7th in the NBA. Charlotte is 11th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 56%, which is 3rd in the NBA.
Chicago is 12th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 15th in the league. The Bulls are 26th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.6, and their defensive rating of 106.3 is ranked 12th. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 101.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 26th. As a team they are 25th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 10th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Hornets/Bulls NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Charlotte +7
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