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Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in NBA Basketball

Nov 28, 2021 · 8:00 PM PST

Zach LaVine celebrates after a bucket
Nov 24, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) reacts during the game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Chicago Bulls are 5.5-point favorites over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday (Nov. 29th, 8:10 pm ET)
  • Chicago has dropped three of four, while Charlotte has won three of its past four contests
  • Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction

Two teams fresh off very different weeks will square off on Monday (Nov. 29th) when the Charlotte Hornets visit the Chicago Bulls. Charlotte enters play having won three of its past four, while Chicago is coming off three losses in its last four contests.

Hornets vs Bulls Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
Charlotte Hornets +188 +5.5 (-115) O 224.5 (-110)
Chicago Bulls -225 -5.5 (-105) U 224.5 (-110)

Odds as of Nov. 28th at FanDuel.

Despite their struggles, the Bulls opened up as a 5.5-point favorite, in a game that features a total of 224.5. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:10 pm ET at the United Center, a place where Chicago is 6-4 this season.

Chicago Bulls Betting Trends

The Bulls are fresh off a 107-104 home loss to the visiting Miami Heat on Saturday. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 28 points, while Alex Caruso chipped in 22.

Zach LaVine, the team’s second leading scorer, finished with just 16 points, 10 shy of his season average. LaVine had a miserable night from the field, knocking down only 6-of-16 attempts. The loss came on the second night of a back-to-back, after Chicago blew out Orlando by 35 on Friday.

The Bulls struggled badly from three-point land versus Miami, hitting only 28.2% of their long distance looks. Defensively, they did a solid job containing a strong Heat offense, limiting them to 43% from the field which is a couple percentage points below Miami’s season average.

Chicago held its opponent below 110 points for the fifth time in six games, but were doomed by turnovers. The Bulls coughed up the ball 23 times, 13 more than the Heat.

The poor shooting effort is uncharacteristic of Chicago this season, as they rank sixth in field goal percentage, and fifth in three point efficiency. The night before in Orlando, they poured in 56% of their looks, and buried 17 of their 34 three-point attempts.

Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends

The Hornets meanwhile, also suffered a defeat last time out, their first home loss in nine games. They fell 146-143 to Houston, despite six players reaching double-figures, including all five starters.

Terry Rozier led the way with 31 points, while Kelly Oubre Jr had 23, and LaMelo Ball posted a triple-double. Ball will be going up against his brother Lonzo on Monday, marking the third time the siblings have squared off.

Charlotte shot a respectable 47% from the field versus the Rockets, but were badly outrebounded and played horrendous defense. They allowed Houston to knock down 53.7% of their attempts, and 47% of their looks from beyond the arc. The Rockets buried 23 three-pointers and outscored the Hornets 54-48 in the paint.

Shaky defense is nothing new to this Charlotte squad however, as the team enters play ranked 28th in scoring defense. They’ve allowed at least 115 points in four of their past six contests, and only two teams are worse at defending the three-point line.

Hornets vs Bulls Pick

The Hornets have been a strong over bet this season, but it’s not just because of their lousy defense. Charlotte also boasts one of the most efficient offenses in the NBA. They lead the league in three-point field goal percentage, and rank second in points per game. They also take care of the ball, ranking sixth in turnovers per outing.

The over has hit in back-to-back Charlotte games, clearing 226 and 227.5-point totals by 22 and 61.5 points respectively. 11 of their 16 non-division contests have soared over the total, and their combination of strong offense and weak defense should lead to another high-scoring affair versus the Bulls.

Pick: Over 224.5 (-110)

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