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Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls - 3/1/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks
Date & Time Friday March 1, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
State Farm Arena
Atlanta, Georgia
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Hawks -3 -- Over/Under: 231.5
TV Channel
NBCH, FSSE
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The Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks meet Friday in NBA action at the State Farm Arena.

The Chicago Bulls look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 111.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.2 points and 4.5 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 19.4 points and 9.1 rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kris Dunn is dishing 6.2 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have won four of their last five road games.

The Atlanta Hawks could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 111.3 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 118.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting. John Collins is averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while Trae Young is averaging 17.8 points and 7.7 assists. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Dewayne Dedmon is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost seven of their last 10 home games.

The Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawks are 6-17 ATS in their last 23 Friday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 10-4 in Hawks last 14 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 7-2-1 in Bulls last 10 overall.

The Hawks beat the Bulls by 20 points in the last meeting back in January, but Chicago is a much more healthier and complete team at this point. The Chicago Bulls are also playing better basketball at the moment, winning six of their last 12 contests, and outscoring teams by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games while shooting 49.1 percent from the field. The Bulls are also 16-13-1 ATS on the road while the Hawks are 11-18 ATS at home. The Hawks have also been favored just five times this season and are 1-4 ATS in those games. Not the best game to bet on Friday's card, but if forced to pick, getting a free bucket with the Bulls is probably the way to go. Laying chalk with the Hawks makes little sense. 

Pick:
Chicago Bulls +3

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