Bulls vs. Hornets for NBA Odds & Picks: Pros Like Chicago in Zach LaVine’s Return (May 6)
Credit: Sam Forencich/Getty Images. Pictured: Zach LaVine
- Zach LaVine is back, and he will attempt to help the Chicago Bulls take down LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.
- Having Ball in the lineup could help the Hornets down a Bulls team with clear weaknesses, but sharps are backing LaVine's squad in his return.
- Michael Walton explains what that means for this game below.
NBA Odds: Bulls vs. Hornets
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The Bulls take on the Hornets in Charlotte on Thursday night, with Chicago desperately clinging to any slim hopes it has of clinching a spot in the play-in tournament.
The Bulls are in the midst of a four-game losing streak at the worst possible time. They’ve been without All-Star Zach LaVine for a few weeks now due to the NBA’s Heath and Safety Protocols.
LaVine returns Thursday night to a Bulls team that has failed to crack a paltry 100 points in every game over their four-game losing streak. LaVine’s 27.5 points per game (PPG) will be a boon to Chicago’s struggling offense.
The Bulls will need solid production from LaVine against a Hornets team that’s defense is just outside the top 10 in efficiency over the last five games, per NBA Advanced Stats. Charlotte has been inconsistent, winning only two of its last five games despite great defensive efforts.
Having likely Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball back in the lineup gives Charlotte a great chance in this game against a Bulls team with a clear weakness at point guard.
Our latest PRO Report shows how sharps are betting Bulls vs. Hornets on Thursday night.