New Orleans Hornets vs. Chicago Bulls
The New Orleans Hornets conclude their six game road trip tonight as they battle the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are -13.5 point favorites over the Hornets with an over/under point total set at 179.
Despite injuries to their two leading scorers in Derrick Rose (10 games missed) and Luol Deng (seven games missed), the 27-8 Bulls come out of the All-Star break only a half game back of the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat. New Orleans, who have only won the eight games for the season, were playing their best basketball of the season heading into the break and half of their wins have come in the last six games, three of which coming on their current six game road trip which ends tonight.
Despite only six points from the reigning MVP Derrick Rose, the Bulls cruised to a comfortable 90-67 victory over the Hornets in their first meeting of the season in New Orleans. Chicago raced out of the gates and dominated the first three quarters, holding a 24 point lead at the start of the final term, despite Rose only playing 22 minutes and adding six points. Carlos Boozer led the way with a game high 18 points, while Chris Kaman paced a New Orleans that struggled to get anything going offensively with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Head to head, the Hornets are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings, while the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall, but just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater. The Hornets on the other hand are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games as a road underdog of 11.0 or greater and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Most people will look at the box score from the first meeting and automatically assume the same will happen tonight, but I highly doubt it. It’s quite remarkable how good the Hornets have been on their current road trip with all of the injuries they have had to deal with. Not only have they beaten the likes of Milwaukee, New York and Cleveland, but they took Indiana to overtime while managing to come back and get the cover against Oklahoma City. Look for New Orleans to stay competitive and finish their road trip off on a high note tonight.
New Orleans Hornets +13.5 Chicago Bulls