NBA Odds: Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls — Betting Preview

Josh Smith has got off to a rough start for the Hawks
Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls
Tip off: 8:05 PM EST
Spread: CHI -9.5
Total: 183
M/L: CHI -500, ATL +400

The Hawks have hopped out to a 4-1 start and silenced many critics by beating a good Miami team, when many were saying they only took care of business against relatively inferior opponents. In the victory over Miami, the Hawks received 15 or more points from 4 different players, not the least of which was Tracy McGrady, who is averaging 11.6 points per game and 4.2 rebounds for the Hawks so far in this young season. The Hawks have six players averaging double figures and have been employing a deep 10 man rotation in which all ten players play 15 or more minutes per game.

The Bulls just finished humilating the Memphis Grizziles by winning by 40 and have improved to 4-1 on the season now, good for 2nd in the Central Division. Ronnie Brewer and Carlos Boozer both scored 17 a piece for the Bulls, but it was the defense that won them the game. No Grizzlies player scored more than 10 points.

Atlanta Betting Trends:

Atlanta is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games and the total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 7 games. The total has gone UNDER In all 5 of their last 5 road games and they are 5-12 SU in their last 1 on the road. The Hawks are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against the Bulls and the Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Bulls. The Hawks are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games on ther road against the Bulls. The Hawks are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games on the road against the Bulls.

Chicago Betting Trends:

The Bulls are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 6 and they are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games. The Bulls are 21-4 SU in their last 25 home games and the total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 6 at home. The Bulls are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against the Hawks and the Bulls are 11-4 SU in their last 15 at home against Atlanta.

Key Matchups:

Jeff Teague vs. Derrick Rose

Teague had his coming out party in the playoffs against the Bulls, when he scored 21 in games 1 & 3, the second of which was Atlanta’s only win of the series. Teague has proven his ability both as a scorer and a defender, but really, no one has had much luck with league MVP Derrick Rose. Rose is averaging 19.8 points per game this year, but is shooting 2.5% better from the field than last season; he is just taknig less shots. He has improved his three point marksmanship as well, as he is hitting a career high 38.1% from deep this year, not to mention 93.1% from the line so far. Rose should have his way with Teague, but Teague will make him work on the other end of the court, too, so don’t expect Rose to have his way all night.

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