Harden also had six rebounds and 10 assists as Houston also heavily outrebounded Charlotte by a 55-39 margin for the game. Eric Gordon had 22 points in their last outing versus the Charlotte Hornets while Fariedwho recently returned from a hip contusion, had 16 points on the night while also pulling down nine rebounds. Chris Paul recorded a double-double with 10 points along with 10 rebounds while James Harden led the team, once again, with 28 points in the victory.
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Their previous H2H meeting will be held some days ago and ended in favor of the Bulls who have played at their venue. They have interrupted their black line counted three games just this week. The Bulls are twelfth here. The Hornets have the following current statistics: two wins and three losses, they are nine in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte and Chicago will meet for the second time.
Malik Monk is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Parker is dishing 3.9 assists. The Charlotte Hornets look for another win after splitting their last six games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 111.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won five of their last six home games. Kemba Walker is averaging 24.4 points and 5.6 assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15 points and 5.6 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line.
Dog of the day
Seeded number three in the 2015 NBA Playoffs, the Bulls met the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round and defeated them, 42. The 201415 Chicago Bulls season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and fifth under head coach Tom Thibodeau. In the off-season, the Bulls let Carlos Boozer go and signed Pau Gasol. Chicago had its first 50-win season since the 201112 season with a record of 5032. However, Chicago's season ended with a 24 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Conference Semifinals.
The Bulls will be without Bobby Portis tonight, as they lost him to a knee injury; this opens up many opportunities for paint scoring and can help the Hornets improve their rebounding numbers. Based on this prediction by NBA 2k, the Hornets look to have a good game as they return home to Charlotte. This game features Willy Hernangomez dominating off the bench, and Kemba Walker dicing up the Bulls defense.
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In the last five games, Markkanen is averaging 17.6 points along with 12.2 rebounds while knocking down three or more 3-pointers in four out of the five games played. Regardless if he plays or not, the Bulls will need their offense to step up in a major way if they hope to pull out a road win in Charlotte. Meanwhile, guard Zach LaVine has been their leading offensive factor, but he is currently questionable for Saturdays game. This has overshadowed the bright spots on the team has had with their young core group of talent. His production has been key in helping provide some sort of offensive stability, especially over the last couple of weeks as the Bulls have notched at least 100 points in 14-straight games. It has seen second-year forward Lauri Markkanen recently step up his play as has notched a double-double in three-straight games for the first time in his career. Prior to this injury, LaVine had scored 20+ in 11 of his 17 games since making his return from a five-game absence and has 33 games with 20 or more points this season.
In the turnover department they rank 24th with 12.3 per game. They force 16 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league. Opponents average 49 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 25.3 assists per contest, which puts them in 18th place in the league. The Hornets allow 110 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 20th and 9th in those defensive categories. Their average scoring margin is 2.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 19th. Charlotte averages 112.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 14th in the NBA. They average 44.3 rebounds per game and 24.3 assists per game, which ranks them 19th and 12th in those offensive categories. Behind the arc they shoot 40% which is good for 8th in the league.
Money in the Bank 2019
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Now that they are back home, they will try to snap their two-game losing streak and avenge Wednesdays loss to the Bulls. The Hornets four-game road trip didnt end the way the team had been hoping after losing their last two games, dropping their road record to 2-2.
Look for the over to be the play at the half in that the Warriors will certainly be looking to even the score after the Rockets picked up a win in their last meeting. It is for this reason that the Warriors will look to assert itself on the offensive end, first and foremost. Also, Harden, as pointed out, did not suit up in their last matchup, thus meaning that he will also have something to prove against the defending champs on this night. Expect the scoreboard to light up throughout the first half as the over will be the strong play.