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Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks 10/16/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls

Thursday October 16

The Line: Chicago Bulls -6 Total: 190.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks face off on Thursday at the United Center as they continue the 2-14 NBA preseason.

The Chicago Bulls dropped their first two games of the preseason but the have bounced back winning their last two. All eyes in Chicago are on Derrick Rose and his health as he has suffered season ending injuries the past two seasons but he looks to be healthy this year. While Rose is healthy, most feel he hasn’t been at his best for whatever reason and we saw that on Monday against the Nuggets as Rose scored 15 points but he was just 4 of 12 from the floor. Joakim Noah gets some big help from a big man this season as the Bulls have added Pau Gasol to the mix and he is coming off of a nine point performance o Monday. Taj Gibson has moved to the sixth man spot but that didn’t stop him from scoring 15 on Monday and Doug McDermott logged 16 points in 26 minutes. The Bulls pounded the boards against Denver out rebounding them by 45-37 and blocking seven shots. The Bulls have some question marks but the tinkering of the roster and playing without Rose the past two seasons have made them much more than just a one man show.

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks 10/16/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Hawks were an improved team last season and somewhat surprising but the question mark for them is whether they are ready to contend or if they are still in the building process. The Hawks are 2-1 so far this preseason and are coming off of a win on Monday in Miami against the Heat. Paul Milsap looks to be in mid season form scoring 23 points in 25 minutes on Monday and Kyle Korver had 17 points. Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll each had 10 points in 23 minutes and Mike Scott also had 10 points. 15 players in all had time on the floor for the Hawks on Monday as they worked in Adreian Payne who had five points and Shelvin Mack who had four points. The Hawks are really treating these games as a chance to get a good look at everyone and judging by what we have seen from them thus far their final roster is far from being decided.

Chicago is 0-4 against the spread following a win and 0-4 against the spread after scoring 100 or more points their previous game. Atlanta is 4-0 against the spread after allowing 100 or more points in their previous game and 6-0 against the spread when their opponent scores more than 100 points in their previous game. Chicago has covered the point spread against Atlanta in the last six meetings with Atlanta and the last four times the Hawks have been to Chicago.

The Bulls are a big favorite here and if this was the regular season it would be justified but this should be close enugh for the Hawks to cover. 

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