Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14
Atlanta Hawks (18-15) at Chicago Bulls (13-18)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -4 -- Over/Under: 191 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Hawks head to Chicago on Saturday to square off against the Bulls.
The Chicago Bulls are sitting at 13-18 this season, and with or without Rose, this is not where the Bulls were hoping to be at this point in the year. Chicago is above the .500 mark at home however, going 8-7 on their home floor so far this season. The Bulls currently have the second ranked scoring defense in the league, allowing just 92.5 points per game on average. The issue is their offense. Chicago is ranked 30th in the league with an average of just 91.4 per game this season.
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The Atlanta Hawks head to Chicago on Saturday have lost two out of their last three, so a win here against the Bulls would be a great momentum boost for the Hawks. The Hawks are still playing well this season, going 18-15 overall on the year with a solid offense and defense. The Hawks are scoring an average of 103.2 points per game this season, and defensively the Hawks are only allowing 101.4 this year. Last time out, the Hawks fell to the Golden State Warriors, in Atlanta 101-100 on Friday night.
The Hawks are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following an ATS win, but the Hawks are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games on Saturdays. The Hawks are also 0-5 against the spread in their last five games when playing on no rest,
The Bulls are 1-4 against the spread in their last five Saturday games, and the Bulls are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games following an outright win of ten points or more.
I have to take the over in this spot. I know the Bulls have one of the better defenses in the league, but the Hawks can put up the points and if the Bulls are going to keep up, they are going to have to open things up a bit.