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Charlotte Hornets vs Chicago Bulls Prediction

Charlotte Hornets

January 23

00:00

110 : 123

Chicago Bulls

Charlotte Hornets

Chicago Bulls

After almost a week's inactivity through fixture scheduling and COVID-enforced postponements, the Charlotte Hornets (6-8) return home to host Eastern Conference rivals in the Chicago Bulls - both teams who've shown real signs of improvement after enduring a few forgettable seasons.

Charlotte is keen to end a three-match losing run (Dallas, Toronto twice), while Billy Donovan's Chicago team target earning a third successive victory for the first time since February 2019.

Zach LaVine (33 points on 11-of-16 shooting, seven assists, four rebs, two steals) excelled as they outlasted a strong effort from a new-look Houston Rockets team in the early hours on Tuesday.

With a tricky schedule awaiting them, can they continue where they left off away from home? Read my basketball preview, for the best betting odds ahead of this compelling H2H matchup.

Charlotte Hornets vs Chicago Bulls Preview

LaVine led seven Bulls players in double figures and had seven or more assists for the fifth time this term. Victor Oladipo's Houston debut was overshadowed by his fellow shooting guard, just days after struggling despite a double-double (10 pts, 10 assists, three steals) against the Dallas Mavericks.

That night, Lauri Markkanen took charge (29 pts, 10 rebs) and it speaks volumes they have other players eager to step up when the LaVine-White combo either aren't efficient.

LaVine said they have the "right personnel" to fit their current playstyle, with good ball movement and shot selection two themes that have been accelerated under Donovan's watch. His new head coach perhaps said it best, short but sweet:

"It's gonna take some time, but I see them fighting to get better."

Through 14 regular season matches, they have six wins, and five of their losses were by four points or fewer. For context, it took them 17 games last season to reach six victories and 26 the previous campaign.

Rookie forward Patrick Williams (hip) and Otto Porter Jr. (back) is listed as day-to-day and might not feature, like against Houston. As for Charlotte, they've endured narrow back-to-back defeats against Toronto but only have one injury - centre Cody Zeller (fractured hand).

Gordon Hayward is averaging a career-high in points (22.2) through 13 games after his sign-and-trade offseason move - while shooting 40.9% from deep, his highest percentage since 2012-13.

It'll be interesting to see whether he can sustain those numbers, though guards Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier are among those playing with a chip on their shoulder. In contrast, number three draft pick LaMelo Ball has settled quickly from valuable minutes off the bench.

Charlotte Hornets vs Chicago Bulls Betting Tips

Surprisingly, ESPN's Basketball Power Index is clearly backing the Hornets to prevail in this clash (63.8%) between two teams capable of plenty - either exciting play or rough sequences that cost them promising situations.

The Bulls' defence is admittedly poor (averaging 120 points allowed per game), but they score more points per game and at a higher efficiency clip (47.8% FG) than their upcoming hosts.

On paper, it's LaVine vs Hayward in the battle between their leading scorers, but this could easily come down to who turns the ball over least or is more efficient from deep.

I'm predicting Chicago to build on their impressive wins of late, though I understand why the Hornets are expected to improve to 4-3 at home here after narrow recent defeats themselves.

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Charlotte Hornets (2)

25%

Chicago Bulls (6)

75%

Last matches

Charlotte Hornets

27-02-2021

130 - 121 Golden State Warriors

L
25-02-2021

121 - 124 Phoenix Suns

W
23-02-2021

132 - 110 Utah Jazz

L
21-02-2021

102 - 100 Golden State Warriors

L
15-02-2021

110 - 122 San Antonio Spurs

W
13-02-2021

120 - 114 Minnesota Timberwolves

L
11-02-2021

130 - 114 Memphis Grizzlies

L
09-02-2021

119 - 94 Houston Rockets

L
07-02-2021

119 - 97 Washington Wizards

L
06-02-2021

121 - 138 Utah Jazz

W

Chicago Bulls

W

97 - 106 Phoenix Suns

27-02-2021
L

133 - 126 Minnesota Timberwolves

25-02-2021
W

100 - 120 Houston Rockets

23-02-2021
L

122 - 114 Sacramento Kings

21-02-2021
L

112 - 105 Philadelphia 76ers

20-02-2021
L

105 - 102 Detroit Pistons

18-02-2021
W

112 - 120 Indiana Pacers

16-02-2021
W

106 - 125 LA Clippers

13-02-2021
L

129 - 116 New Orleans Pelicans

11-02-2021
W

101 - 105 Washington Wizards

09-02-2021
Charlotte Hornets vs Chicago Bulls Head to Head (H2H)
23-01-2021

Charlotte Hornets

110
123

Chicago Bulls

Charlotte Hornets
vs
Chicago Bulls
Predicted Lineup

Terry Rozier

PJ Washington

Devonte' Graham

Bismack Biyombo

Gordon Hayward

Zach LaVine

Lauri Markkanen

Coby White

Wendell Carter Jr.

Garrett Temple

Latest results
Total
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121-130 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

L

124-121 vs Phoenix Suns (A)

W

110-132 vs Utah Jazz (A)

L

102-100 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

110-122 vs San Antonio Spurs (H)

L

120-114 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

114-130 vs Memphis Grizzlies (A)

L

119-94 vs Houston Rockets (H)

W

119-97 vs Washington Wizards (H)

W

121-138 vs Utah Jazz (H)

L
L

97-106 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

W

133-126 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

120-100 vs Houston Rockets (A)

W

122-114 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

L

105-112 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

W

105-102 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

W

120-112 vs Indiana Pacers (A)

L

106-125 vs LA Clippers (H)

W

129-116 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

L

101-105 vs Washington Wizards (H)

102-100 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W

110-122 vs San Antonio Spurs (H)

L

120-114 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

119-94 vs Houston Rockets (H)

W

119-97 vs Washington Wizards (H)

W

121-138 vs Utah Jazz (H)

L
L

97-106 vs Phoenix Suns (H)

W

133-126 vs Minnesota Timberwolves (H)

W

122-114 vs Sacramento Kings (H)

W

105-102 vs Detroit Pistons (H)

L

106-125 vs LA Clippers (H)

W

129-116 vs New Orleans Pelicans (H)

L

101-105 vs Washington Wizards (H)

121-130 vs Golden State Warriors (A)

L

124-121 vs Phoenix Suns (A)

W

110-132 vs Utah Jazz (A)

L

114-130 vs Memphis Grizzlies (A)

L
W

120-100 vs Houston Rockets (A)

L

105-112 vs Philadelphia 76ers (A)

W

120-112 vs Indiana Pacers (A)

Mosope Ominiyi
21.01.2021

Freelance sports editor and writer. Featured on the Sunday Times, MailOnline and more.

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