Chicago Bulls (@1.85) vs Charlotte Hornets (@2.05)

Our Prediction:

Chicago Bulls will win

Chicago Bulls – Charlotte Hornets Match Prediction | 25-08-2019 19:10

The over/under of 204 feels like a sucker bet considering the teams combined for 243 points at the United Center last month. The Bulls, though, have averaged just 96.8 points during their losing streak and 96.2 during their road skid.

The Hornets simply shouldn't be big favorites against anybody. Give me the points here. The Chicago Bulls have won six of the last seven meetings against theCharlotte Hornets, which includes a two-point win on Wednesday when they were 4.5 point underdogs. The Hornets aren't a team I ever want to lay big points with, as they can struggle at times to score and the defense has slipped a bit, as they're 21st in the league in field goal percentage allowed.

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They will be eager to rebound after being tormented by Durant and know a win here would set up a chance for a winning home stand with the struggling Lakers coming to town. Look for Walker to carry them down the stretch once more, this time coming out on the winning end of a 110-106 victory. Charlotte, though, need this gameas well.

The Bulls currently rank 25th in offensive rebounding percentage (20.6 percent), while Charlotte ranks first in defensive rebounding percentage (80.9 percent). They rank 2nd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.2 percent), while the Bulls force the second-fewest turnovers in the NBA (opponents turnover percentage of 12.8 percent). The Hornets should have an edge in terms of ball protection. Second-chance opportunities could be scarce for Chicago in this meeting.

Ball protection should be an advantage for the Hornets. The Bulls rank 26th in offensive rebounding percentage (20.4 percent), while Charlotte ranks first in defensive rebounding percentage (80.5 percent) dating back to the 2017-18 season. It could be a tough game for Chicago on the offensive glass. They rank 3rd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.2 percent), while the Bulls have forced the fourth-fewest turnovers in the league (opponents turnover percentage of 12.9 percent).

Charlotte Hornets vs Chicago Bulls (Predictions, Picks, Odds, Tips, Preview)

Its worth noting that this is his decision and he is not being forced out. The legendary voice of the Hornets will be calling it a career at the end of the season. Martin has called every single season for Charlotte basketball either on TV or radio since their inauguralcampaign in 1988. Steve will go down as an absolute legend in the community and should be remembered for decades to come.

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Batum is the second-highest paid French basketball player in the world and will likely be the highest once Parkers current contract ends at the end of the season. Looking at their salaries, Nic makes more than Tony but (most likely) because of endorsements and other incomes, Parker ranks higher than Batum. Its crazy to think that Nicolas is the fourth-highest paid French athlete in the world behind only Paul Pogba (22 million), Tony Parker (19.7 million) and Antoine Griezmann (19.1 million).

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This one, it stings a lot, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told The Associated Press. Its a really, reallyhard (loss) because we had control for the majority of it and played really good and hard unselfish basketball.

Steve will be recognized at halftime of the teams final home game. It wont be the same without him going forward but what an incredible career. I dont think its crazy to suggest that Martin is deserving of a statue outside of the arena just like Chick Hearn got for the Los Angeles Lakers in frontof the Staples Center. Although, Im not sure if it will ever happen considering that there arent any current statues outside of the Spectrum Center.

Justin Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Payne is dishing 3.8 assists. The Chicago Bulls have lost 12 of their last 15 road games. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls look for their first road win of the season to rebound from a rough 1-3 start to the season. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 111.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 117.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 32.3 points and 3.3 assists while Jabari Parker is averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game.

Dog of the day

In their last six defeats outside Chicago they have averaged 18.3 points in the fourth quarter while being outscored by 9.2 points in those final 12 minutes. Close to winning or closer to heartbreak - The oldadage is that "young teams find ways tolose," and the Bulls have been doing that throughout their losing streak, but more so on the road.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 8: Nicolas Batum #5 of the Charlotte Hornets handles the ball against the Chicago Bulls on December 8, 2017 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.