The Atlanta Hawks (12-17) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (13-18) on Tuesday, December 26th. This game will be played at United Center. Both the Hawks and Bulls will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Hawks vs Bulls
The Hawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Hawks lost to the Grizzlies with a final score of 125-119. As the second half got underway, the Hawks were leading by a score of 60-50.
In the Southeast Division, the Hawks are currently in 3rd place and are 11th overall in the Eastern Conference. Over their last three games, the Hawks are 1-2 and have an overall record of 12-17.
Atlanta possesses an ATS record of 7-22 for this season, including their ongoing two game losing streak against the spread. Atlanta has gone 2-11 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 5-11 when playing as underdogs.
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Chicago’s most recently played the Cavaliers and lost with a final score of 109-95. Turning the tide, the Bulls picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 57-56.
Heading into their game against the Hawks, the Bulls are 13-18 and are looking to get above .500. In the Eastern Conference, they are in 10th place and are in 4th place in the Central Division.
Presently, Chicago boasts an ATS record of 16-15, which is above .500 against the spread. Chicago has covered the spread in five straight road games and are 7-7 ATS on the road compared to 9-8 at home.
Hawks Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Atlanta is averaging 122.7 points per contest. This figure places them 3rd in the league. So far, Atlanta is averaging 101.1 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Even though the team adopts an up-tempo pace, there is room for improvement in their scoring efficiency, as they rank 13th in the league in terms of overall field goal percentage, currently at 55%.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
This season, the Chicago offense is ranked 27th in the NBA in scoring at 110 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.2 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Chicago offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 24th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Hawks Team Defense
At present, the Hawks’ defense is ranked 27, allowing 122.9 points per game.
Atlanta’s defense is currently forcing 13 turnovers per game, which is 14th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 22nd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.5 rejections per game.
Bulls Team Defense
So far, the Bulls’ defense is ranked 11 in the league at 112.4 points per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Bulls squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.4% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.9% from downtown.
Key Players For The Hawks And Bulls
In today’s game, our projections have Trae Young leading the Hawks with 18 points on 7/14 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 28.3 points per game along with 3.1 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Coby White to be the top scorer for the Bulls. Our projection has him finishing the game with 20, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 45.6% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 17.6 points per game.
Hawks vs Bulls Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Atlanta has an ATS mark of 2-8. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-7 while averaging 119 points per game.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Chicago has an ATS record of 5-0 while averaging 119 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- The last three games that Atlanta was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 1-2 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Bulls have an ATS record of 3-2 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 3-2.
As the underdogs with a spread of +2, we recommend going with the Hawks on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 233.5, and our model predicts the Hawks and Bulls to score a combined 219 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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