Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks look to level the series at two games apiece when they host the Chicago Bulls tonight. The Bulls are 3-point road favorites over the Hawks with an over/under point total set at 179.
The Hawks fell victim to a career-high scoring night from MVP Derrick Rose as he racked up 44 points to lead the Bulls to a 99-82 victory in game three. Rose received little scoring help from his starters, but Taj Gibson contributed with 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, while Kyle Korver chipped in with 11 points. As a team, the Bulls were most impressive on the boards, outrebounding the Hawks by 47-34 including 18 offensive boards and on the three-point line, making 10 threes compared to the Hawks one.
The Hawks’ performance was the exact opposite of the Bulls as all the Hawks starters finished in double digits in scoring but the bench offered little help. Surprisingly, Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 21 points while Josh Smith contributed 17 points and 13 rebounds. Unfortunately, Joe Johnson was way below his best, scoring just 10 points while Jamal Crawford was a non-factor, finishing with just seven points.
The Bulls are 11-4 against the spread in their last 11 road games while the Hawks are 1-10 against the spread in their last 11 conference semifinal games. Head to head, the Bulls are 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings and the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta.
Game three went to the team playing with more urgency and that was the Bulls who set the tone from tipoff, prompting Hawks’ coach Larry Drew to call a timeout within the first minute of the game. The Bulls were simply better in just about every category and the only way the Hawks have a chance is if they slow down Rose and force other players to beat them. However, even if they force Rose to play as a passer, I still like the Bulls to take this game tonight. I’m taking the Chicago Bulls minus the four points here.
Chicago Bulls -4 Atlanta Hawks
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