Hawks vs. Bulls - 1/9/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (22-12) at Atlanta Hawks (22-15)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -2 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks square off Saturday afternoon at the Philips Arena.
The Chicago Bulls look to build on their nice six-game winning streak. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 102.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 99.7 points 41.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 22 points and 4.1 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 16.7 points and 10.9 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 5.1 assists and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last eight road games. Joakim Noah is doubtful with a shoulder injury.
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The Atlanta Hawks could use a victory here after splitting their last six games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 102.5 points 46 percent shooting and allowing 100.5 points and 44.9 percent shooting. Paul Millsap is averaging 18.3 points and 8.7 rebounds while Al Horford is averaging 15.4 points and 7.2 rebounds. Jeff Teague is dishing 5.6 assists and Kent Bazemore is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game. The Atlanta Hawks have won four of their last five games.
The Bulls are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hawks are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bulls are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
I've said it time and time again, I do not trust the Hawks. The Bulls continue to get the job done and are getting insane play from Butler. I'll take the free bucket with the better team here.