Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets 10/23/2019 Odds, Picks and Previews
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Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets 10/23/2019 – The Charlotte Hornets will begin their 2019-20 NBA season campaign on their home floor, facing the up-and-coming Chicago Bulls on Wednesday at Spectrum Center. Terry Rozier, the Hornets prized acquisition this offseason, will be making his debut with his new team after a tumultuous final year with the Boston Celtics. The Bulls, meanwhile, hope to start the new season on a positive note after falling out of relevancy the past two seasons. For NBA bettors, they should pay attention on the money line and ATS betting because this game could be decided down the wire.
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets 10/23/2019
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets 10/23/2019 Betting Odds
Chicago Bulls Betting
The Hornets will be marching into the new season with minimal expectations after losing All-Star guard Kemba Walker to free agency. His replacement Rozier will have a big shoe to fill, as Charlotte clearly needs all the points they can get from its key players (Nicolas Batum, Miles Bridges) just to finish with a respectable record at the end of the season.
Players to Watch: Terry Rozier (9.0 PPG on 38.7 FG%, 3.9 RPG and 2.9 APG*), Nicolas Batum (9.3 PPG on 45.0 FG%, 5.2 RPG and 3.3 APG*), Miles Bridges (7.5 PPG on 46.4 FG%, 4.0 RPG and 1.2 APG*)
Charlotte Hornets Betting
The Bulls will be entering year 3 of their rebuild, and they have high hopes their young team can make some noise in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Zach Lavine looks ready to be the full-fledged star for the Bulls after averaging just a shade below 24 points per game. The versatile frontcourt of Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. will only improve this season, making Chicago a legit dark horse contender for one of the lower playoff seeds in the East.
Players to Watch: Zach Lavine (23.7 PPG on 46.6 FG%, 4.7 RPG and 4.5 APG*), Lauri Markkanen (18.7 PPG on 43.0 FG%, 9.0 RPG and 1.4 APG*), and Otto Porter Jr. (17.5 PPG on 48.3 FG%, 5.5 RPG and 2.7 APG*).
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets 10/23/2019 Betting Numbers
Chicago is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games.
Charlotte is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
Chandler Hutchison SF Hamstring is out indefinitely
Nicolas Batum SG Achilles is “?” Wednesday vs Chicago
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Betting Picks
The Bulls finished their preseason with back-to-back wins over the Raptors 105-91 and Hornets 111-93. The backcourt of Lavine and Coby White looks good and should give Hornets a lot of trouble on opening night. As for the home team, they lost four of their five preseason matches with their defense as the biggest weakness.
Moneyline: According to ESPN basketball power index, this game is going to be a close one with Chicago coming in as a slight favorite at 52 percent. The wisest NBA bet on this matchup is on the Bulls, who clearly have the edge in talent over the Hornets.
ATS: Charlotte is 4-6 against the spread in the last 10 head-to-head meetings with Chicago, and most of these games they had Kemba Walker. It would be difficult for Charlotte to cover the spread.
TOTALs: Chicago averaged 104.9 points per game last season while Charlotte scored 110 per contest. The Bulls are going to score a lot, but I don’t think the Hornets will breach the 110-point barrier, now that Kemba is gone. Predicted score: Bulls 120, Hornets 103.
Score Prediction: 120 – 103 Bulls