Chicago Bulls (2-6) vs. Atlanta Hawks (3-3)
NBA: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:30 PM PT (State Farm Arena)
Spread: Atlanta Hawks -1.5 — O/U: 221
Free NBA Pick Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks
After winning their second game of the season, the Chicago Bulls fell to the Pacers and then the Lakers most recently. Eight games into the early season and they already look like the same old Bulls from last season, just with a few new faces. But Zach LaVine is polished at the two spot as ever, leading his team in scoring and nearly earning a triple double in the game abasing the Lakers. The Atlanta Hawks started off hot, but have cooled off since then. Perhaps John Collins getting suspended affected them, but the Trae Young hopes to keep fighting with the young team. The Hawks rebounded last night against the Spurs, beating them by eight. The Bulls will travel south to battle the Atlanta Hawks tonight. These two teams played against each other four times last season, splitting even, 2-2.
The Bulls looked great against the juggernaut Lakers–until the fourth quarter came around. They simply imploded, getting outscored 19-38. LaVine went 26-6-7, shooting above 50% and going 5-7 from the line. But even his great game couldn’t sustain the Lakers. Rookie guard Coby White finally had a solid game, tallying 18 points from the bench, making nearly half his shots. After a great start to the season (17 points in the first game, 28 the next), he had a terrible five game stretch, averaging 6.2 points on 24.4 FG%. Lauri Markkanen has also been struggling shooting from the field, putting up a dismal 37.6%.
The Bulls rank nearly the best in turnovers, limiting their turnovers to 13 per game. But they just don’t pass the ball enough. They need to take more risk, fight more for the ball (they have -9.5 rebound differential, the worst in the NBA). They’re young guys that need to find their voice on the court and hopefully LaVine can be that person. He creates a shot well for himself, but they need more dynamism.
The Hawks looks great early on; Trae Young looks to have more touch than before and isn’t afraid to share; and Collins looked to be on the next level, developing into a star. Then Collins got suspended for 25 games. But the future still looks bright for this young team. They beat a veteran, well-coached Spurs team yesterday despite all the drama. Young got yet another double-double, putting up 29-2-13, with only 3 TO. De’ Andre Hunter and Jabari Parker also had more than 15 points each and 8 rebounds each. And even without a true sixth man yet, the bench scored 31 points.
Hawks have been great on defense, they currently sit at the fifth best (103 per game). But they are one of the worst offenses, despite having Trae Young. They struggle without Collins and the pick-and-roll abilities he had. But they also just don’t have much depth, can’t make FT and can’t make three pointers. Yes, they addressed their defense in the draft and free agency and it looks fixed, but from there they must generate some offense. They need to use their top-2 steal average to get the fast break going. In Collins absence, look for Parker to come up big for them. At the 4-spot, Parker scored 19 in the first game without Collins, helping them to the win.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
Chicago are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games.
The Bulls are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
Chicago are 1-8 SU in their last 9 games against an opponent in the Eastern conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 5 games.
Atlanta are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games.
Atlanta are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern conference
Free NBA Pick Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls
The Bulls haven’t played well as of late. But the Hawks don’t have the same team they use to. Both teams are young and are pretty much unpredictable this early on in the season. I like the Bulls in this one, I see them coming up big in the rebounding department this game and Markkanen getting his grove back.