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NBA odds preview - Bulls vs. Hawks

Chicago BullsAtlanta Hawks
Jan 7, 7:00 PM | Philips Arena

Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks Odds

7-1TEAM RECORD5-3

Chicago travels to Atlanta on Saturday, hoping to boost its 7-1 mark with a victory over the Hawks.

This season the Hawks are 5-3 overall and 5-3 ATS against the number, while the Bulls are 7-1 and 5-3 ATS. As for the totals, Atlanta is 3-5 on the OU, and Chicago is 3-5.

View Chicago vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 3-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 177 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks sit at No. 28 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Bulls are at No. 7 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Bulls will win this game 104-100.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 8-ranked offense (97.6 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 1 at 86.1 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 42.9% from the field per game, less than the Bulls have managed so far this season (45.2% on average).

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 91.8 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the league in scoring at home.

Chicago won its last outing, a 97-83 result against the Magic on January 6. The Bulls covered in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 180 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Chicago earned a 97-83 victory over Orlando on Friday, getting 21 points from Luol Deng at Amway Center.

The Hawks were a 102-96 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They covered the 1.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of OVER bettors. Josh Smith scored 23 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, leading Atlanta over Charlotte, 102-96, on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 7-3
After playing Orlando are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Charlotte are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Bulls at Hawks trends to consider:
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chicago's last 12 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 12 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Atlanta's last 14 games at home
Atlanta is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 10 games

Next up:
Chicago home to Detroit, Monday, January 9
Atlanta at New Jersey, Monday, January 9

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