Spread: Atlanta Hawks (-2)
Money Line: CHI (+110) | ATL (-130)
Tip-Off: 7:00 PM CT
The 22-28 Chicago Bulls are rolling with a three-game winning streak following their 122-113 victory against the Toronto Raptors. Chicago is still 10th in the East but have built some breathing room. They are in the second of a back-to-back against the 27-25 Atlanta Hawks (5th in the East). Atlanta has been a hot team as well, winners of four of their last five games. They dominated the first game, winning 124-104 on NBA opening night. Can Chicago bounce back against the Hawks?
Analysis and Best Bet
Zach LaVine (22 points and 13 assists) and Vooch (22 points, seven rebounds, four assists) were firing on all cylinders in yesterday’s win. This is the duo Chicago has been waiting for. And the supporting cast was there as well. The Bulls bench added 47 points with Lauri Markkanen (18 points), Coby White (15 points) and trade deadline acquisition Daniel Theis (14 points) providing big sparks. Thad Young had his usual solid game (11 points, nine rebounds, and six assists) while Tomas Satoransky did his thing with seven assists. The Bulls are finally figuring it out.
Atlanta will prove to be a tough competitor. However, they have a mounting number of injuries. John Collins, Cam Reddish, and De’Andre Hunter are out. Kris Dunn is more than likely out. Clint Capela and Danilo Galinari are both questionable. The Hawks still have Trae Young (25.1 PPG and 9.5 AST) who’s scoring will always keep the Hawks in the game. Keep an eye on Lou Williams off the bench as well. His scoring always provides a spark. This team is facing a troublesome number of injuries but they will be a tough team to put away.
Gotta love Chicago’s momentum. They are playing great basketball with Nikola Vucevic changing the play-style. Zach LaVine has also been able to elevate his game (look at the assists) with the big man. I am hopeful Chicago can keep it going against a banged up, yet competitive Atlanta Hawks team. Chicago hasn’t won four straight games since 2017. That changes tonight. I’m rolling with the Bulls (+2) to cover the spread.