The Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls clash at the United Center in Chicago on Friday night. Charlotte is coming off a 128-101 “get right” win over the Orlando Magic last night.
After two similar losses to the Philadelphia 76ers, 144-114, and Miami Heat, 144-115, the Hornets responded well. The Magic showed up at the perfect time for the Hornets.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) April 8, 2022
Orlando has been good at making other teams look good this season. The Hornets have a win in two of their last five attempts. They are going into tonight at 41-39 on the season.
Some team’s records aren’t a good representation of how good or bad they are, but lingering around .500 sounds right for the Hornets. At times, they can look like a great team, then throw it away in the next outing.
A trip to the play-in tournament is in their future. They’re a game behind the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks, and two games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for seventh.
The Bulls have been trending down recently as they enter on a three-game skid. The Bulls fell behind early in their latest attempt and didn’t recover in a 117-94 loss to the Boston Celtics.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 8, 2022
Boston is rolling right now, and the Bulls didn’t have a response. Chicago had a 127-109 loss to the Heat and 127-106 to the Milwaukee Bucks before getting slapped by the Celtics.
The Bulls are going into Friday at 45-35 and the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference. They’re slipping away from the Toronto Raptors by two games for the fifth seed.
Head below for our free Hornets vs. Bulls prediction for April 8, 2022.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Charlotte Hornets||+2.5 (-110)||+120||Over 235 (-110)|
|Chicago Bulls||-2.5 (-110)||-140||Under 235 (-110)|
|Team Data||Charlotte Hornets||Chicago Bulls|
|Points Per Game||115.0||111.4|
|Points Against Per Game||115.0||111.6|
|Field Goal %||46.5%||47.9%|
|Three Point %||36.2||36.1|
Hornets vs. Bulls Prediction:
The Hornets can score on most nights, but it doesn’t matter when their defense continues to get hammered. This team has improved a long way in the last couple of years. They’re going to be a dangerous bunch next season.
However, if the organization doesn’t do anything to address the defense, then everything will remain constant, though. In their last five outings, the Hornets have gotten torched for 123.2 points per game.
The Magic came to the rescue to provide some relief after the Hornets allowed 144 points in back-to-back outings. The Hornets might go back to bad defensive form against a much better offense this time against the Bulls.
Chicago is third in the league with a 47.9% field goal percentage. They’re dangerous from deep, where the Bulls are shooting 36.6%.
Not good news for a Charlotte team that struggles on the perimeter. This looks like a good spot for the Bulls to get on track.
Overall, the Hornets are 26th in the NBA, with an average of 115 points conceded per game. Road trips have been tough, as they’ve gotten touched up for 117.8 points a game and a 47.6% field goal percentage.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Trends:
- 0-5 ATS in their previous five games on a back-to-back
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games after a win
- 3-7 ATS in their previous ten games after a win by more than 10 points
- 0-5 ATS in their previous five games
- 2-6 ATS in their previous eight games at Chicago
- 24-7 ATS In thier previous 31 games as a betting favorite
- 5-0 ATS in their previous five games versus the Hornets
- 6-2 ATS in their previous eight games versus the Hornets at home
- UNDER is 15-6 in their previous 21 games
- UNDER is 5-2 in their previous seven games as a betting favorite at home
The Bulls need a game to get back on track, and they should do it against the Hornets. The Charlotte defense likely won’t be able to push back enough on Friday night.
In a game that should probably see a lot of points, expect the Bulls to outlast the Hornets in the 4th quarter. Running on tired legs will be too tough for the Hornets in the later stages of this one.
I’m on the Bulls in a 118-111 or 123-117 final at the United Center in favor of the home team.