The Chicago Bulls will be looking for some revenge on Monday night as they play host to an Atlanta Hawks team that trounced them both SU and ATS in their first meeting of the season.
Atlanta beat Chicago 92-75 as a 4-point home favorite when those teams battled on the hardwood back on December 22, with Al Horford picking up 20 points and 10 boards for the Hawks in that win. The combined score was an UNDER result for totals bettors.
The Bulls sport records of 20-15 and 13-22 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Hawks sit at 21-15 and 14-21-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-21 for the Bulls and 17-18-1 for the Hawks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Bettors looking to back the visiting Hawks before tip-off in this one found them as 5-point underdogs earlier at , while the total was sitting at 183.5 at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Bulls, currently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Hawks, who rate No. 18 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 96-95 victory for the Bulls.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 93.5 PPG, against a Hawks defense that ranks No. 6 at 95.5 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 44% so far, less than the Hawks shooters have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.
Defensively, the Hawks feature the league's No. 4-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.2 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.
Atlanta lost its last outing, a 93-83 result against the Wizards on January 12. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 176 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Hawks endured a 93-83 loss at the hands of the Wizards on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Jeff Teague at Verizon Center.
In their last action, Chicago was a 97-81 loser at home against the Suns. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (178) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Chicago got 15 points from Carlos Boozer but lost anyway 97-81 against the Suns on Saturday at United Center.
Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Brooklyn are 7-3
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Monday are 10-0
Before playing Toronto are 7-3
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
A few Hawks at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
Atlanta home to Brooklyn, Wednesday, January 16
Chicago at Toronto, Wednesday, January 16