How To Bet Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls (Wednesday Feb 10)
The last time the Atlanta Hawks played the Chicago Bulls, Al Horford exploded for a season-high 33 points (15-21 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks and 1 steal to lead the Red-tailed Birds to a flying 120-105 win over their Horned compatriots. That game was on January 9th, exactly one month ago, and a lot has changed since then, mostly not for the better. Entering Wednesday’s clash between the Hawks and Bulls, Chicago has lost its last three straight games and pathetically gone 3-7 in its last 10 outings. Atlanta hasn’t fared any better, losing the last two in a row and going 4-6 in its last 10 games. With teams in the Eastern Conference (like Boston, Indiana and Charlotte) continuing to rise at an unprecedented rate and threatening to demote these two oft-highly-ranked Eastern rivals down the conference pecking order; who among them will be putting an end to their funky skids in the NBA lines? Read on below as we give you a lowdown of all the necessary online sportsbook NBA betting details about this match up.
How To Bet on the Bulls vs Hawks Game and TV Information
Why Bet on the Bulls
In spite of their inconsistencies and struggles this season, one thing has remained a constant for the Bulls; they often play their best at the United Center and find ways of winning games. This is affirmed by the fact that the Bulls are just 11-15 on the road this season, yet 16-9 at home. If there’s ever a perfect time for the Bulls to turn around their fortunes, it will be on Wednesday, when they host the Hawks in Chicago.
To further boost their confidence, the Bulls are solidly 7-3 SU/ATS in their last 10 overall games against Atlanta, and remarkably 8-1 SU in their last 9 home games against Atlanta, along with a 4-1 ATS mark in their last 5 home games against the Hawks.
Betting trends aside, Chicago tends to play better when facing Eastern opponents, going 16-14 against its conference foes and averaging 103.43 PPG scoring, nearly four points over the 99.70 PPG scoring average they’ve posted in their last 10 games. In essence, this means that we can expect a rejuvenated performance from the likes of Pau Gasol (17 PPG and 10.9 RPG), Taj Gibson (7.3 RPG) and Aaron Brooks (2.4 APG) in this rivalry encounter.
Why Bet on the Hawks
Obviously, the fact that Chicago often plays better (and beats Atlanta) when the two teams meet in Chicago means that the Hawks will be hard done in their quest for a road win. This is especially made worse by Atlanta’s less-than-stellar 2-5 SU/ATS mark in the team’s last 7 road trips. Still, Atlanta has the advantage of having a healthy team. While the Bulls have Joakim Noah out for the season with shoulder injury, and the star trio of Mirotic (out since Jan. 25 with appendix surgery), Jimmy Butler (has missed last three games due to knee injury and questionable for Wednesday) and Derrick Rose (missed Monday’s loss to Charlotte due to soreness) all banged up; the only injury concern in Atlanta is that of Tiago Splitter (hip). Having a largely-healthy team could prove very pivotal in this game, especially if you consider that Butler, Rose and Mirotic are Chicago’s top-3 scorers.
Moreover, Atlanta’s front and back courts have been putting up better production than the Bulls. For example, Paul Millsap leads his team with an average of 17.8 points and 8.6 rebounds, while Al Horford is averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds, Jeff Teague is dishing out a team-high 5.4 assists while Kent Bazemore has been a value-player, grabbing 4.9 rebounds in his limited minutes. It is because of this balance that the Hawks have been consistently scoring 102 PPG and allowing 99 PPG, both in their season averages and against conference opponents. Expectedly, this has translated into more wins; no wonder Atlanta is 18-15 against Eastern Conference opposition.
Not to forget, although the Hawks are just 4-10 in their last 10 games, three of those wins (3-0 SU/ATS) have come in their last five games, which isn’t as bad when compared to the Bulls who are 1-4 SU/ATS in their last five outings.
Atlanta at Chicago NBA “IF” Predictions
Now, if Butler and Rose are available for Wednesday’s game, then go with the Bulls to grind out a win. However, if both aren’t available, then take Atlanta to make good use of its healthier squad to beat the Bulls for the second time this season. Either way, expect the offenses from both teams (which have been struggling in scoring) to continue being iffy, hence leading to a probable low-scoring under affair.