Numbers for Hornets-Bulls, Lakers-Jazz Too Tall to Pass Up

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Charles Stark

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 12:56 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018 12:56 PM UTC

Charlotte is a moderate favorite at Chicago, while Utah is a double-digit fave at home against Los Angeles. In both instances it makes more sense to grab the underdogs with the points.

NBA Tuesday: Top Underdog PlaysHornets vs. BullsFree NBA Pick: Bulls +5Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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The NBA odds board came out with Charlotte a -5 road favorite in this spot, which makes sense, but with my NBA picks I will gladly take the points with Chicago. Charlotte has lost its last three games, and despite this being a step down in competition I don’t think they will come out sharp and cover this line. The Bulls have their past two games so they should come in with some confidence. It is easy to see that the Hornets' competition has been tough over the last three games as they are averaging just 100 points while allowing 114.7 in that span. Meanwhile, while Chicago has not been an offensive juggernaut, they are allowing an average of just 93 points in their last three games. What I really like in this matchup is the fact that Chicago matches up well with Charlotte in the home and away disparities across the board. Both teams shoot 43.9 percent in this situation but the Bulls are a touch better from distance, shooting 36.8 percent on their floor compared to Charlotte at 36.4. Don’t be surprised if Chicago pulls off its third win in a row.

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Lakers vs. JazzFree NBA Pick: Lakers +11Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Utah is a huge -11 home favorite on the NBA odds board, but with my NBA picks I will take the points with a good defensive team in Los Angeles. Of course, with Brandon Ingram being out for Los Angeles it doesn’t make things easy, but I don’t think this is a team that is going to lay down and make it a simple win for the Jazz. The Lakers on the road actually shoot better than Utah at home, hitting at a 46.3-percent clip compared to the Jazz at 46.1. As well, they also are better from distance in this scenario, shooting 35.9 percent compared to Utah at 34.9. Defensively I really like how Los Angeles has played this year, ranking ninth in opponent shooting efficiency and 11th allowing opponents to shoot just 45.6 percent overall. With the pace the Jazz like to implement, averaging just 82.6 attempts per game, I have a hard time believing they’re going to run away with this contest and blow out Los Angeles. Utah should definitely win at home, but the Lakers will make it interesting.

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