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NBA odds preview - Bulls vs. Hawks

Chicago BullsAtlanta Hawks
Dec 22, 7:00 PM | Philips Arena

Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks Odds

15-10TEAM RECORD15-9

The Hawks will try to cover the spread at Philips Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Bulls in basketball action.

The Hawks sport records of 15-9 and 9-14-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Bulls sit at 15-10 and 10-15 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-12-1 for the Hawks and 9-16 for the Bulls. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
The Bulls were listed as 4-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 181 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hawks at No. 15 and the Bulls at No. 7 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 96-95 result in favor of the Bulls.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 96.2 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 91 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 44.8% so far, more than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bulls own the league's No. 7-rated mark, allowing 94.4 points per game when playing on the road. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 17 in scoring on their home court.

In their last action, Chicago was a 110-106 winner on the road against the Knicks. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (216) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Luol Deng scored 29 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, leading Chicago over New York, 110-106, on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

Atlanta lost its last outing, a 99-80 result against the 76ers on December 21. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite, while the 179 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Atlanta suffered a 99-80 loss against Philadelphia on Friday, getting 17 points from Josh Smith in a losing effort at Wells Fargo Center.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing New York are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Bulls at Hawks trends to consider:
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 UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Atlanta's last 14 games when playing at home against Chicago
Atlanta is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games

Next up:
Chicago home to Houston, Tuesday, December 25
Atlanta home to Detroit, Wednesday, December 26