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NBA Betting: Bulls Host Hawks

Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks will be in Chicago on Monday afternoon for a matinee NBA betting matchup against the Bulls.

Atlanta beat Chicago 109-94 as a 6-point home underdog when those teams last met on January 7, but overall the Bulls are 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in the 10 most recent matchups between the two teams.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Bulls and the No. 15-ranked Hawks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 102-96 result in favor of the Bulls.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 9-ranked offense (97.2 PPG) against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 7 at 91.9 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 46% from the field per game, more than the Hawks have managed so far this season (44.5% on average).

Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 90.1 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 97-77 loser as they battled the Trail Blazers on the road. The Hawks failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog, while 174 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Atlanta was run off the court by the Trail Blazers on Saturday as Portland blasted them 97-77 at Rose Garden.

Chicago was a 97-85 loser in its last match at home against the Nets. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 182 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Carlos Boozer scored 16 points in a failed effort to lead the Bulls to victory (they lost 97-85 to New Jersey at United Center on Saturday).

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing Portland are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After playing New Jersey are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Hawks at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games
Chicago is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games at home
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Chicago is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Atlanta at New York, Wednesday, February 22
Chicago home to Milwaukee, Wednesday, February 22

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