Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Expert NBA Picks 11/23/2019
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Charlotte
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago -1.5
Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls (5-10, 3rd in the Central Division) head to Spectrum Center on Saturday where they'll meet the Charlotte Hornets (6-9, 3rd in the Southeast Division). Charlotte opens this matchup as 1.5 point dogs. The O/U has been set at 218.
The Bulls are covering the spread 46.7% of the time, having gone 7-8-0 ATS. Charlotte is covering 53.3% of the time, going 8-7-0 against the spread.
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
11/20/2019 Jr SF Foot Expected to be out until at least Dec 6
11/20/2019 Chandler Hutchison SF Lower Leg Game Time Decision
11/18/2019 Luke Kornet PF Nose Expected to be out until at least Nov 29
11/12/2019 Cristiano Felicio PF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Dec 21
Key Charlotte Hornets Injuries
No key injuries to report
Lauri Markkanen comes into this game averaging 14.8 points per contest while playing 30.4 minutes per night this year. He grabs 7.6 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.6 assists per game. His FG percentage is 37% while his free throw percentage is 81%. Zach Lavine averages 19.8 points per contest in 31.5 minutes per game. He averages 4.1 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 41% for the season while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Devonte' Graham scores 18.2 points per contest while playing 32.5 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.4 rebounds per contest and has 6.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is at 79%. Cody Zeller averages 11.6 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 25.3 minutes per game. He also brings in 8.6 rebounds per game and has 1.3 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage is 68%.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago averages 107.3 points per contest, which is 21st in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.5 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 29th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 25th in the NBA. They average 45.1 boards per contest and 22.8 assists per game, which ranks them 20th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 16th with 15.6 per game. The Bulls allow 109.8 points per contest, which is 15th in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 32% average from 3-point range, ranking them 14th and 6th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 49.1 rebounds a game which ranks 28th, and they allow 24.1 assists per game which puts them in 17th place in the league. They force 18.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Charlotte is 26th in the NBA with 104.9 points per contest this season. They are 23rd in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -7.87. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 11th in the league. They are 30th in the NBA in rebounding with 40.9 boards per contest and 17th in assists per game with 23.4. The Hornets are 8th in turnovers per contest with 16.8. The Hornets give up 112.8 points per game, which ranks them 20th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 49% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 30th and 21st in those defensive statistics. They rank 29th with 27.0 dimes allowed per game and 22nd with 46.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Hornets are 27th in the league in forcing turnovers with 17.3 per contest this year.
The Bulls are 29th in the NBA in offensive rating with 103.7, and their defensive rating of 106.1 is ranked 13th. In terms of pace they are 9th in the league with 103.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 27th. As a team they are 28th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 13th in the league. Chicago is 18th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 17th in the league.
Charlotte is 4th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 55%, which is 2nd in the league. The Hornets are 24th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.4, and their defensive rating of 112.2 is ranked 23rd. In terms of pace they are 22nd in the league with 99.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 16th. As a team they are 20th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Hornets NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago -1.5
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