The NBA is set up with a solid slate of games throughout Friday night. Nine games are up on the board throughout April 9. One of these games will be between the Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Bulls have put up a record of 22-28 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Eastern Conference. Chicago has won three straight games and will look to keep it up in this one. The Bulls have a three game lead on the eleventh seed and will look to hold on their playoff spot in this one. Chicago will look to set up their game early in this one.
Atlanta has earned a record of 27-25 throughout this season, which has them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. The Hawks are one game back from jumping into the fourth seed in the East. Atlanta is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a four game winning streak. The Hawks will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.
These two teams are in the middle of the playoff race as of right now, which should lead to a great game on Friday night. The Bulls are coming off a win in their last three games and will look to keep that momentum going in this one. The Hawks have been a bit better this season and will look to strengthen their playoff positioning with a win in this one.
The Bulls and the Hawks met up three times throughout last season. Atlanta hosted the first game of the season series on November 6. Jabari Parker scored 18 points, but it was not enough for the Hawks. Tomas Satoransky dropped 27 points and 8 assists on the night. Lauri Markkanen put up 17 points on the night as Chicago earned a 113-93 win on the night.
The second game of the season series shifted to Chicago on December 11. Alex Len put up 17 points off the bench, while Cam Reddish added 16 points off the bench. It was not enough for Atlanta though. Zach LaVine dropped 35 points and Lauri Markkanen finished with 22 points. Coby White added 19 points off the bench as the Bulls earned a 136-102 win.
Chicago also hosted the final game of last season’s series. John Collins scored 34 points, but once again the Hawks came up short. Lauri Markkanen dropped 25 points and Zach LaVine put up 19 points. Coby White finished with 18 points off the bench to help lift the Bulls to the season sweep. Chicago earned a 116-81 win at home to end the season series.
The first game of this season’s series was in Chicago on December 23. Zach LaVine dropped 22 points and Lauri Markkanen scored 21 points. It was not enough for the Bulls in this one though. Trae Young put up 37 points, while Cam Reddish and Bogdan Bogdanovic both dropped 15 points. The Hawks were able to finish out the game with a 124-104 win on the road.
Field Goal Shooting
The Bulls have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Chicago has been able to make around 47.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 8th in the league. The Bulls have also shot around 36.9 percent from deep, which is 12th in the NBA. Chicago has drained 80.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 6th in the league.
Atlanta has struggled a bit shooting the ball to this point in the season. The Hawks have been able to shoot 46.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 17th in the NBA. Atlanta has also made around 37.3 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 11th in the league. The Hawks has sunk 81.4 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 5th in the NBA.
These two teams have been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. Chicago has been a bit better shooting, but the Hawks have been stronger on defense. Atlanta has held opposing teams to a 46 percent from the field, which is 11th in the league. The Bulls has allowed their opponents to make 47.5 percent from the field, which is 25th in the NBA.
Zach LaVine has been the leader for this Chicago team this season. LaVine has averaged 27 points per game so far. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 22.5 points and 11 rebounds per game since joining the Bulls six games ago. Lauri Markkanen has averaged 16.5 points, while Coby White is averaging 15 points per game. Thaddeus Young has averaged 12.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
Trae Young has continued to help lead the Hawks throughout this season. Young is averaging 25 points and 9.5 assists per game. Clint Capela is averaging 15 points and 14 rebounds per game. Lou Williams has averaged 13 points off the bench in five games with Atlanta. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 13 points, while Bogdan Bogdanovic has averaged 12.5 points per game. Kevin Huerter is averaging 11.5 points to round out the lineup.
These two teams have had some great depth scoring throughout this season. The Hawks are without Cam Reddish, John Collins and De’Andre Hunter. Atlanta could also be missing Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari. If the Hawks are without these players in this one, it could be enough to give Chicago the win. Atlanta will need some players to continue to step up in this one.
The Hawks are missing some key players in this one, but Chicago is coming off a game on Thursday night. If Atlanta can come out quickly in this one and push the pace, I think it will be enough to hold off the Bulls. Chicago has been hot as of late and they will look to continue their push for a higher seed. The Hawks are looking to move into fourth though with a big win on Friday night.
BetOnline has Atlanta listed as a -3 ½ against the money line in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Hawks at home in this one. I agree with this line as Atlanta has had a deep team this season and have been heating up as of late. I think that the Hawks will come out strong in this one as they try to earn a huge win against the Bulls at home.