Two of the four worse teams currently in the Eastern conference are clashing, when the fourth-worse Atlanta Hawks (21-41), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the third-worse Chicago Bulls (17-45), who have been playing much better lately and have lost only once in their last 5 games.
Date/Time: 03-01-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Atlanta Hawks -3
Atlanta Hawks have a 21-41 record (29-33 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 12th place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Timberwolves with a 131-123 score in overtime, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by John Collins with 19.5 ppg, adding a team high 9.5 boards per game. He is followed by Trae Young with 17.8 ppg and a team high 7.7 dimes per game.
Chicago Bulls have a 17-45 record (28-33-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the East. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Grizzlies with a 109-107 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 23.2 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Lauri Markkanen with 19.4 ppg and a team high 9.1 boards per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once on the road (Hawks by 20 points and Bulls by 12). Hawks have a 11-18 home record, while the Bulls are 10-20 on the road. Hawks are better offensively, scoring 111.3 ppg to Bulls’ 103.8, while the Bulls are better defensively, allowing 111.7 ppg to Hawks’ 118.3. Both teams have identical field goal percentage (45.2%), while Bulls have a better 3-point percentage (35.5% to 35.1%). Bulls are better in turnovers committed (13.7 to 17.6), while Hawks are better both in boards grabbed (45.3 to 42.2) and in dimes made (25.4 to 22.1). Bulls have been hot lately and while Vegas odds give the Hawks a -3 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds and pick the guests in this one.
Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction: Chicago Bulls +3 (-109)
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