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NBA Playoff Betting: Bulls vs. Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks stand on the brink of elimination tonight in need of a win down 3-2 to the Chicago Bulls in their second round playoff series.

The Bulls took a 3-2 series lead with a 95-83 win as an 8.5-point favorite in Game 5. Derrick Rose led the Bulls with 33 points and nine assists, while Jeff Teague had 21 points and seven assists for the Hawks.

View Chicago vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Hawks as 3.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 179, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Hawks sit at No. 19 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Bulls are at No. 1 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Bulls will win this game 103-94.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulls rank No. 2 in the league with 44.2 per game. That compares with Atlanta’s No. 28 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Atlanta is the NBA’s No. 17-ranked team at 6.1 per game, while the Bulls rate No. 15 with 6.2 per contest.

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.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 95-83 loser on the road against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (178) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Atlanta got 21 points from Jeff Teague but lost anyway 95-83 against the Bulls on Tuesday at United Center.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Chicago are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

A few Bulls at Hawks trends to consider:
Chicago is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
Chicago is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chicago's last 11 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 11 games when playing at home against Chicago
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 10 games at home
Atlanta is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Atlanta, Sunday, May 15
Atlanta at Chicago, Sunday, May 15