Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks Play-In Preview

NBA Play-In Tournament: Hawks vs Bulls Preview, Betting Odds

The Chicago Bulls battle the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Eastern Conference play-in Tournament on Wednesday night. Chicago's famed United Center has seen many far more high-profile contests, but the play-in tournament offers some hope to a fan base that has witnessed only two postseason berths in the last eight seasons. Atlanta remains in contention for a playoff spot, despite backing their way into the tournament with six straight losses.

Let's analyze the odds and find the value in the Bulls vs Hawks Eastern Conference play-in tournament.

Jump to Pick: Bulls vs Hawks Spread

Game Information

Betting Odds

Atlanta Hawks+3 (+103)+141O 220.5 (-110)
Chicago Bulls-3 (-113)-156U 220.5 (-110)

Trae Young's return to the lineup will buoy Hawks fans hopes of a playoff appearance. His shooting and playmaking abilities have been sorely missed by a Hawks squad that seems to lack any sort of cohesion.

2023-24 head-to-head History (Bulls 2-1)

DateLocationFinal Score
Apr. 1, 2024Chicago113-101 Hawks
Feb. 12, 2024Atlanta136-126 Bulls
Dec. 26, 2023Chicago118-113 Bulls

Chicago defeated Atlanta twice this season, before the Hawks took the dub in their most recent matchup. Bulls star Zach Lavine missed all three games against the Hawks and remains out with a foot injury.

On the flip side, Trae Young missed the final contest against the Bulls, but will play against Chicago on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for Atlanta, both Jalen Johnson and big man Onyeka Okongwu will miss the play-in with injuries.

Spread History

Apr. 1, 2024Bulls (-2) vs HawksHawks Cover (Underdogs)
Feb. 12, 2024Bulls vs Hawks (-5)Bulls Cover (Underdogs)
Dec. 26, 2023Bulls vs Hawks (-2.5)Bulls Cover (Underdogs)

Sportsbooks have to be licking their chops, as the underdog covered in every Bulls vs Hawks game this season.

However, the Hawks have been awful against the spread of late, going just 1-6 in their last seven contests. Quin Snyder's squad have also covered in just three of their last 10 games against the Bulls.


DateScoreO/U TotalFinal TotalO/U Result
Apr. 1, 2024113-101221214UNDER
Feb. 12, 2024136-126240.5262OVER
Dec. 26, 2023118-113237.5231UNDER

This total seems slightly low for two teams in the bottom third of defensive rating. Although, the UNDER has hit in four of Chicago's last six meetings with Atlanta. The total has also gone UNDER in four of the Bulls' last five games at home.

Key Matchup: Demar DeRozan vs DeAndre Hunter

Demar DeRozan328.349.1%2.35.310
DeAndre Hunter215.534.6%62.51

Stopping DeRozan will be priority number one for the Hawks to have any hope of pulling off the upset. DeAndre Hunter will be tasked with slowing the former Toronto Raptor down.

If the first three matchups are any indication, that's easier said than done. The veteran closer has lit them up for 28 points on 49% shooting on the year. Without the services of Saddiq Bey and Jalen Johnson, stopping DeRozan will be a tall task.

Final Pick: Chicago Bulls -3 (-113)

Alex Caruso has given Trae Young fits this season. Chicago has held Young to just 29% shooting from the field as a team, and if they can produce similar results, the Bulls will cover this spread with ease.

Injuries on the wing will be too much for Atlanta to overcome. DeRozan has regular torched the Hawks, shooting nearly 50% against Atlanta throughout his career. Look for Demar to go off and the Bulls to get this bet to the pay window.

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