Picking up a big win on the road against Brooklyn last night, the Chicago Bulls look to keep the momentum moving here as they head back to the United Center to host the Charlotte Hornets. With their next six contests coming against the Celtics, Raptors, Nuggets, and Pelicans, this matchup against Charlotte feels a lot more like a must-win game.
The Hornets have gotten off to a 3-4 start on the year, picking up a signature overtime win over the defending champion Warriors on Saturday. Still, they’ve also dropped games against bottom-feeder teams like the Magic and Kings, so there’s no telling just what version of the Hornets we’ll see tonight.
With LaMelo Ball still recuperating from injury, the Hornets lack their captain to steer the ship through these rough early season waters. This issue is compounded by the fact that key rotation players Terry Rozier and Cody Martin are also listed as doubtful for tonight’s game. Chicago has won five of their last six meetings against Charlotte, and will look to continue that dominance tonight.
How to watch Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets
- Date: November 2, 2022
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET, 7:00 p.m CT
- Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
- Watch: NBC Sports Chicago, NBA TV
- Stream: FuboTV
Chicago Bulls vs Charlotte Hornets Odds, Spread, Over/Under
- Favorite: Bulls (-5.5)
- Over/under: 224.5 points
- Moneyline: -210 Chicago/+176 Charlotte
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Projected Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup and Injury Report
- PG: Ayo Dosunmu
- SG: Alex Caruso
- SF: DeMar DeRozan
- PF: Patrick Williams
- C: Nikola Vucevic
- IR: Out – Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine; Questionable – Andre Drummond
As expected, Zach LaVine will be resting the second leg of this back-to-back, allowing him an extra day of rest before the team heads over to Boston. Playing LaVine against the better team was a gamble that paid off far better than it did against Philadelphia and San Antonio over the weekend. Andre Drummond’s situation is worth monitoring, we’ll hopefully have a clear answer to report as we inch closer to tip-off.
Although Dennis Smith Jr. has done an admirable job of filling in for LaMelo Ball thus far, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that this Hornets team was already a lottery team last season and is currently down its two best players from last year’s roster in LaMelo and Miles Bridges. There’s just too large of a talent discrepancy here to justify dropping one in the United Center here. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if DSJ and Charlotte’s young talent end up making this one closer than expected while LaVine rests his knee.
My Predictions: (2-6)
Bulls Upcoming Schedule
- Nov. 4 @ Boston Celtics (4-2)
- Nov. 6 @ Toronto Raptors (4-3)
- Nov. 7 vs Toronto Raptors (4-3)