Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls, Line, Odds, Predictions, and Algorithm Picks from the SportsGrid Betting Model
Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Game Information
Atlanta Hawks (0-0) vs. Chicago Bulls (0-0)
Date: Wednesday, December 23
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: United Center
TV Coverage: NBCN, FSS
Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Hawks -126 Bulls +107
Spread: Hawks -2 (-110) Bulls -2 (-110)
Total: 231.5 (-111)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Hawks +10000 | Bulls +13000
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Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls News and Notes
The Hawks and Bulls come into this season after being two of the worst teams in the NBA last year. Atlanta finished with a 20-47 record while Chicago at 22-43. The Bulls are hoping a change at the top can make a difference as Billy Donovan comes in as the new Head Coach.
While Chicago didn’t make much of a splash in the free-agent or trade market, they hope their draft pays big dividends. Patrick Williams was selected No. 4 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft out of Florida State. So far, so good as Williams has been solid in the preseason for Chicago, who went 3-1, including winning their last three.
Zach LaVine will continue to carry the offensive load after leading the Bulls with 25.5 points per game, good enough for 11th in the league. They’ll hope for more from Otto Porter after two injury-riddled seasons in Chicago. If healthy, there’s no reason Porter can’t improve on his 11.9 points per game average from last year.
Chicago has beat up on Atlanta lately, winning and covering in their last three meetings. The Bulls have a winning margin of over 30 points per game in that span against the Hawks.
Although veteran forward Thaddeus Young will miss this one with a leg injury, Chicago comes in relatively healthy.
Atlanta’s formula for success this season is based on adding experience to young talent. The Hawks brought in veterans Rajon Rondo, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Danilo Gallinari, and center Clint Capela. They are tasked with supporting third-year superstar Trae Young, 23-year-old John Collins, 2018 first-round pick Kevin Huerter and big man Onyeka Okongwu, the sixth overall selection out of Southern California.
Young comes off a tremendous sophomore campaign leading the Hawks in scoring and finishing fifth in the league with almost 30 points per game.
Huerter was second on the team with 2.3 3-pointers per game, while Collins led the team on the defensive end with 10.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Rookie Okongwu comes in off a stellar season at USC where he averaged 16.2 points and 8.6 per game.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, they’ll have to wait for their top pick’s debut as Okongwu will miss at least two games with a toe injury. They’ll also have to wait to see the team debut of a few other newcomers. Rondo will miss this one with an illness, while Capela is unlikely to play because of an Achilles issue.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls Predictions and Picks
SG Betting Model Win Probability: Hawks 39.66% Bulls 60.34%
SG Betting Model ML Star Rating: Bulls 5 stars
SG Betting Model Spread Star Rating: Bulls 5 stars
SG Betting Model Total Star Rating: Under 5 stars
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