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NBA Playoff Betting: Bulls vs. Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks need a win tonight to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole in Game 4 of their second round playoff series with the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls won Game 3 on Friday night 99-82 as a 2.5-point road favorite. Derrick Rose scored 44 points for Chicago, while Jeff Teague netted 21 points for Atlanta.

View Chicago vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Hawks are listed as 3.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, with the total listed at 179.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Hawks, currently No. 19 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bulls, who rate No. 1 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 103-94 victory for the Bulls.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 26-ranked offense (95 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 91.3 PPG. The Hawks have averaged 46.2% from the field per game, almost the same as the Bulls have managed so far this season (46.2% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bulls own the league's No. 2-rated mark, allowing 92.7 points per game when on the road. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 29 in home scoring.

Chicago was a 99-82 winner in its last match on the road against the Hawks. They covered the 2.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 181 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Atlanta was victimized by Derrick Rose for 44 points as the Bulls defeated the Hawks 99-82 in NBA action on Friday.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Chicago are 7-3
After playing Chicago are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Bulls at Hawks trends to consider:
Chicago is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Chicago is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Atlanta's last 10 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games
Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Atlanta, Tuesday, May 10
Atlanta at Chicago, Tuesday, May 10