Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls are an 8-point favorite tonight over the Atlanta Hawks with the over/under total being set at 193. It was only nine days ago when the Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls on their home court. The Bulls will look to get even on their home court Friday when these teams lock horns once again in a clash between two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
The bad news for the Hawks is that they have really looked terrible since that March 2nd win over the Bulls and they haven’t had to play a road game in that run either. Atlanta has been beaten and beaten badly by fellow playoff contenders Oklahoma City, New York and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Josh Smith got back into the lineup after missing two games, including that one against Chicago, and he has played incredibly well, averaging 16.5 points per game, 3.5 assists per game and 8.5 rebounds per game in the two most recent efforts. Unfortunately, one of his inside counterparts, Marvin Williams, has not played well. He hasn’t scored even in double digits since the duel against the Bulls, averaging just 6.7 points per game in that stretch.
The Bulls have not lost since losing to Atlanta on March 2nd.Â The defense has played fantastic ball all season long, but particularly in this stretch. Chicago has only allowed 91.4 points per game on the season. Derrick Rose has put together four straight games with at least 20 points since getting shut down by Atlanta. Rose, the potential MVP of the league, is averaging 24.5 points per game and 8.1 assists per game this season, and he is also chipping in on the glass with 4.3 rebounds per game.
The Atlanta Hawks have covered in seven of the last eight games verse the Bulls.Â However, Chicago has covered in ten of their last thirteen games overall, and it really has played fantastic ball over the course of the last month.Â I am a hard pressed to go against the Bulls right now, that is why I would lay the eight points and take the hot team.
Chicago Bulls -8 Atlanta Hawks