The Atlanta Hawks have finally woken up from their late season slump and are winners of two straight ahead of Saturday’s contest with the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls have plenty to play for as well, occupying the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference while coming off wins against two teams ahead of them in the standings. Sportsbooks opened the Hawks as 4.5-point road underdogs with a total of 198.
– Shark Bites
- The OVER is 6-1 in the Bulls last 7 vs. the Eastern Conference.
- The UNDER is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Chicago.
- The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Chicago is only one game out of eighth place and three behind the Hawks after knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the week. The Bulls will hit the road for four straight after tonight’s game, but the good news is they won’t play any of their final six games against squads with winning records.
Atlanta is missing the contributions of All-Star power forward Paul Millsap down the stretch. Millsap sat out of the Hawks’ last seven games with a knee injury and is not expected to return this weekend. Fellow big man Dwight Howard is trying to pick up the slack in his absence, as the former All-Star recorded a double-double in each of the last two games including a 22-point, 20 rebound effort while going 6-of-7 from the charity stripe vs the 76ers.
The Hawks have dominated the series this season, claiming each of the first three meetings with the Bulls on the year by an average of 7.3 points.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Chicago Bulls as -3.5-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 198 earlier at Bovada.
Odds – Shark prediction models pick the Bulls to win this game 109-97. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.
Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Atlanta Hawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 34-41 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Chicago Bulls are 38-37 ATS. Atlanta is 28-45-2 against the points scored total betting line, while Chicago is 32-43 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Atlanta injuries news.
This game pits the Chicago Bulls, currently No. 15 in the Odds – Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Atlanta Hawks, who rate No. 27 in the most recent survey update.
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Atlanta Hawks rank No. 8 in the league with 44.35 per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 3 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Chicago is the NBA’s No. 30-ranked team at 7.29 per game, while the Atlanta Hawks rate No. 22 with 8.76 per contest.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Philadelphia was victimized for 22 points and 22 rebounds by Dwight Howard as the Hawks defeated the 76ers 99-92 in NBA action on Wednesday.
Cleveland was victimized for 28 points and 28 rebounds by Nikola Mirotic as the Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 99-93 in NBA action on Thursday.
- Atlanta is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games
- Atlanta is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 5 games
- Atlanta is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Chicago is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 8 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Atlanta at Brooklyn, Sunday, April 2nd
Chicago at New Orleans, Sunday, April 2nd