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Bulls vs. Hawks - 1/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Hawks (32-8) at Chicago Bulls (27-14)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -2 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls square off Saturday night at the United Center.

The Atlanta Hawks have won 11 straight games and end a four-game road trip. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 103.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and are allowing 96.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Jeff Teague is averaging 17.5 points and 7.2 assists while Paul Millsap is averaging 16.9 points and eight rebounds. Al Horford is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Kyle Korver is shooting 50.6 percent from the field. The Atlanta Hawks are really starting to run away with the East and are playing the best ball of anyone in the league right now. The Hawks defense has been the most impressive, as they’ve allowed 91 or less points in four straight games and are allowing 42.4 percent shooting in their last five games.

Bulls vs. Hawks - 1/17/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Chicago Bulls are looking for consistency as they’ve split their last 10 games. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102 points on 44.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.7 points and 6.1 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.8 points and 11.3 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 4.9 assists and Taj Gibson is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have allowed 100-plus points in three straight games and are allowing 50 percent shooting in their last five games. The Bulls allowed the Celtics to shoot 49.4 percent from the field Friday. The Bulls have to get back to their defensive ways if they’re going to get back in the running for a top spot in the East. Joakim Noah is doubtful for this game with an ankle injury.

The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 22-6 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Bulls are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hawks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

Again I ask: Why in the world would anybody turn down the Hawks and the free bucket? Until the Hawks start showing they're human, you have to keep backing them to win. This is an easy pick. 

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