What: Charlotte Hornets (18-36) at Chicago Bulls (19-36)
When: 8:00 pm EST
Where: United Center; Chicago, IL
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Hornets are back in action after a successful week off. Miles Bridges, Devonte’ Graham, and PJ Washington represented the Hornets at All Star Weekend in this very same city a few days ago, and seemingly every player took a nice vacation once their time allowed it.
They went into the break with two straight wins, so everything is hunky dory in Hornets land. They’ll try to keep that rolling tonight against a Bulls team that is bad at basketball.
The Bulls lost six straight games heading into the All Star break after a ten game stretch where it looked like they might have figured things out. Turns out they have not. It’s actually gotten so bad that the Bulls are reportedly looking to make front office changes this offseason, which is probably about ten years overdue #FireGarPax.
On the court, the Bulls are struggling at both ends. During their six game losing streak, they rank 26th in offense, 29th in defense, and 30th in net rating. Zach LaVine is scoring a lot of points and the rest of the players are shooting pretty well, but their lack of free throw attempts and high turnover rate are bogging down the offense. Defensively, they’ve let opponents connect on 55% of their field goal attempts during the losing streak thanks in large part to opponents scoring at will in the paint.
The Hornets will have a good chance to make it three straight wins bookending the All Star Break. PJ Washington is probably the biggest beneficiary of the time off after admittedly hitting a rookie wall of sorts. He started this season with a rookie record seven 3-pointers against these very same Bulls. Maybe he can start the back half of the season the same way.