The Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls battle at the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night. This is a home-and-home series, with the Bulls winning in Atlanta by a score of 130-118 on Monday night.
DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine combined for 65 points in the win, with DeRozan leading all scorers with 35 points. Cam Reddish and Trae Young did their best to keep pace with the Bulls, but a 38-point 2nd quarter for the Bulls was too much to overcome.
35 points | 14-20 FG | 5 rebs | 10 assists pic.twitter.com/oNTuRiCjLw
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 28, 2021
With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 15-18. It’s been a disappointing campaign for them, though it’s been a tough season with players absent due to injuries and Covid.
Every team has to deal with this problem, some more than others. Atlanta looked exhausted on Monday without a full roster on the floor. The Bulls like to get up and down the floor, and it’s not a good combination when you have a shorthanded bench.
Like several other teams, the Hawks have resorted to going the 10-day contract route. They signed Malcolm Hill and veteran Lance Stephenson to a 10-day contract. Hill has the better chance of catching on.
Work in the Windy City ? pic.twitter.com/lFu4W93YlB
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 29, 2021
The Bulls have been hit by Covid, though their starting five remains strong. DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, and Lavine are expected to be active tonight. Stephenson received 4 minutes on the floor versus the Bulls and didn’t hold up well when he was out there.
The Hawks will be without Bogan Bogdanovic tonight, as he entered Covid protocol after the loss against the Bulls. Lonzo Ball did not play on Monday night and is not expected back this evening. Clint Capela and Reddish should be fine to go at the United Center.
Head below for our free Hawks vs. Bulls pick on December 29, 2021.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Atlanta Hawks||+8 (-110)||+290||Over 227.5 (-110)|
|Chicago Bulls||-8 (-110)||-350||Under 227.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Atlanta Hawks||Chicago Bulls|
|Points Per Game||110.1||110.1|
|Points Against Per Game||109.7||106.6|
|Field Goal %||45.9||47.1|
|Three Point %||37.9||37.8|
Hawks vs. Bulls Prediction:
The Bulls were able to turn their meeting on Monday into their type of game. They ran up and down the floor with little resistance from the Hawks.
That’s not what Atlanta wants to do this season. They want to set up and play defense. However, it’s hard to stop a team that wants to go when you’re shorthanded and can’t play defensive appropriately.
The Hawks don’t have the personnel for much to change since then. Trae Young and DeMar DeRozan should be able to do whatever they want on the offensive floor tonight.
Chicago is on a four-game winning streak, with their offense putting big numbers up on the scoreboard. The Bulls have averaged 122.75 points over their last four attempts.
Overall, the Bulls are third-best in the NBA with a field goal percentage of 110.1. They are shooting 37.8% from three for third as well.
The Bulls can hit their freebies as well. Only one team in the league is shooting better from the three-throw line than the Bulls. They are connecting at an 81.4% clip for second in the NBA.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Trends:
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games
- 3-10 ATS in their previous 13 games as underdogs
- 3-9 ATS in their previous 12 games as an underdog on the road
- 6-1 ATS in their previous seven games on the road
- OVER is 8-2 in their previous ten games versus a team with a winning home record
- 7-3 ATS in their previous ten games
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games at Chicago
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games as a betting favorite
- OVER is 4-1 in thier previous five games after allowing more than 100 points
Trae Young and the Hawks will have to fire away and hope they land more shots this time around. I don’t have the best confidence in the Hawks locking down on defense.
However, if the Hawks get hot from deep, they can perhaps make this one more interesting in the final minutes. They are capable of doing just that.
Atlanta is second-best in the league, with a three-point percentage of 37.9%. Like the Bulls, the Hawks can hit their shots when they are open. The Hawks are fifth in the NBA with a free-throw percentage of 80.6%.
Chicago has been weak defending the perimeter this season. They are 24th, with opponents shooting 36.1% from three versus the Bulls. Atlanta was able to hang around in their last meeting because of the Bulls affording them open attempts.
This evening, the final score should get into the 230’s at the United Center. A final score of 120-111 or 119-113 looks about right.