Bulls vs. Hornets NBA expert prediction and odds for Monday, Jan. 8 (Bet on Charlotte)

The Bulls pulled away from the Hornets just three days ago in Chicago. Will the Bulls win back-to-back games for the first time since before Christmas or will Charlotte bounce back?
Jan 5, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) dribbles against Charlotte
Jan 5, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Coby White (0) dribbles against Charlotte / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

In a rematch from just three days ago, the Charlotte Hornets will host the Chicago Bulls Monday night. In Chicago on Friday, the Bulls pulled away from the Hornets in the fourth quarter. Will history repeat itself in this rematch? 

Fans in Charlotte are likely looking forward to one of the top lottery picks with the Hornets' season-long struggles. Since starting 5-9, Charlotte has dropped 16 of its last 19 games, including an 11-game losing streak.

Chicago enters Monday's tilt winners of six of its last 10 games. Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic each returned to the Bulls' lineup in Friday's win over the Hornets and are expected to suit up again. 

The Hornets are 7-5 as a home underdog this season and Chicago is a road favorite for just the third time (1-1). 

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Bulls vs. Hornets odds, spread and total

Bulls vs. Hornets how to watch

Date: Monday, Jan. 8

Game Time: 7 p.m. EST

Venue:  Spectrum Center 

How to Watch (TV): Bally Sports Southeast, NBC Sports Chicago

Chicago Bulls Record: 16-21

Charlotte Hornets Record: 8-25

Bulls vs. Hornets injury reports

Chicago Bulls injury report

  • Zach LaVine (foot): probable
  • Nikola Vucevic (groin): probable
  • Patrick Williams (ankle): questionable
  • Alex Caruso (neck): questionable 

Charlotte Hornets injury report

  • PJ Washington (foot): out

Bulls vs. Hornets key players to watch

Chicago Bulls

Zach LaVine: The two-time All-Star came off the bench for the first time this season when he returned from a foot injury that sidelined him for over a month. LaVine turned in 15 points (6-of-11 shooting) to go with five rebounds and four assists in 29-plus minutes of the Bulls' 104-91 win. It will be interesting to see if head coach Billy Donovan manages his backcourt with LaVine's improving health. During his absence, guard Coby White averaged 22.6 points per game in December, leading Chicago to a 9-5 mark. 

Charlotte Hornets

Terry Rozier: After exploding for 76 points over a two-game stretch, including a 34-point outing in Charlotte's 111-104 upset of Sacramento Jan. 2, Rozier was held to just 15 points (his third-lowest output in a game this season) on 5-of-17 shooting in the loss to Chicago Jan. 5. 

Bulls vs. Hornets prediction and pick

This matchup has the lowest total on the board Monday and for good reason. Eight consecutive Chicago games have gone under and these are the two lowest scoring offenses in the Eastern Conference. 

Still, it's hard to trust a team ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference to lay points on the road.

Chicago lost by double figures in its last two away games. Charlotte has been profitable as a home underdog (7-5) this season and there's value in the Hornets' playing in their first home game since covering against the defending champion Nuggets (102-95) before Christmas.

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