Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Chicago -2 -- Over/Under 221.5
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The Chicago Bulls play host to the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on Wednesday night.
The Atlanta Hawks have lost eight of their last 11 games and they will be looking to snap a two-game skid after getting blown out by the Magic in a 122-103 home loss on Monday. Dwayne Dedmon drained five 3-pointers to lead the team with 24 points, Trae Young added 21 points with six assists while Jeremy Lin chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the Hawks shot 45 percent from the field and nine of 30 from the 3-point line but they were always playing from behind as they couldn’t put a lid on the duo of Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier who scored 29 points each for the Magic. With the loss, Atlanta fell to 14-32 overall and 8-13 at home.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls will be breathing a sigh of relief after snapping a 10-game losing streak with a 104-88 blowout win at Cleveland on Monday. Zach LaVine led the team with 25 points in just 25 minutes of action, Bobby Portis added 15 points off the bench while Lauri Markkanen and Kriss Dunn each scored 13 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 47 percent from the field and 15 of 30 from the 3-point line as they jumped out to an early 16-point lead in the second quarter before putting the game to bed with a 56-46 second half. With the easy win, Chicago improved to 11-36 overall and 6-19 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 36-16 ATS in their last 52 games following a double-digiit loss at home. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the under is 19-9 in the last 28 meetings and the Hawks are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings.
Two of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference collide in this one as the Hawks visit the Bulls. The Hawks showed some life with surprise wins over the 76ers and the Thunder over the past couple of weeks, but they didn’t look good in their big loss to the struggling Magic. The Bulls haven’t been much better as they couldn’t buy a win until they met the league-worst Cavaliers on Monday. It’s hard to split these two teams, but the Bulls beat the Hawks by 97-85 back on Oct 27 and they are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, so that’s where I’m leaning.