Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/2/14
Chicago Bulls (42-32) at Atlanta Hawks (32-41)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, TSOH
The Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks will meet Wednesday for the fourth and final time during the regular season. The Bulls lead the series 3-0.
The Chicago Bulls are still fighting with the Toronto Raptors for the third seed in the East and have won four of their last five games. On the season, the Bulls average 93.1 points 43 percent shooting and allow 91.9 points on 42.9 percent shooting. The Bulls are holding their opponents to just 86.2 points in their last five games and have allowed only two 100-point performances in their last 18 games. Mike Dunleavy is coming off a 22-point performance in a Monday win over the Boston Celtics. The Chicago Bulls are 36-37-1 ATS overall and 17-18-1 ATS on the road.
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The Atlanta Hawks need a win to hold off the New York Knicks for the eighth seed in the East. The problem is the Hawks have lost six of their last seven games. On the season, the Hawks average 101 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allow 102.2 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Unlike the Bulls, defense hasn’t been a priority for the Hawks, as they’ve allowed six of their last eight opponents to drop triple digits, while the offense is shooting just 41 percent in the last five games. However, Paul Millsap is coming off a 28-point and 17-rebound performance in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Atlanta Hawks are 31-41-1 ATS overall and 17-17 ATS at home.
The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Hawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings, while the favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
The spread on this game is an absolute joke. Sure, the Hawks are fighting for their playoff lives, but the Bulls are by far the better team and are also jockeying for better playoff position. Give me Chicago and the small chalk all day.