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Bulls vs Hawks Betting Odds – Bulls will continue to lose steam

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/4/2010 1:57:24 PM

NBA Odds: Pick Hawks

The Bulls vs Hawks betting odds will be one of the feature games on ESPN on Friday night and while the Super Bowl odds are the main story of the week, we’ll get a good matchup of two young NBA teams on Friday. The Bulls have lost two straight after a five-game winning streak and the Atlanta Hawks will extend their slump on Friday night.

What: NBA Betting
When: Friday, February 4th – 8:00 PM ET
Where: Phillips Arena – Atlanta, GA
Key Stat: 20-5 at home this season

The Storyline - Bulls vs Hawks betting odds breakdown
The Chicago Bulls were so close to firing head coach Vinny Del Negro but he saved his job as the Bulls turned it around. Since starting 10-17, the Bulls responded with a 13-5 stretch but have lost two straight now to push them below .500 once again.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks continue to grow into an elite team in the NBA. They are currently just 1.5-games out of the second seed in the Eastern Conference and they have won 31 games already this year. This Hawks team is primed to go past the first round in the NBA playoffs.

Offensive Matchups – Bulls vs Hawks betting odds breakdown 
The Bulls offense is sporadic, mostly because they don’t know what they’ll get from their front court on a nightly basis. Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas come and go, which puts a lot of pressure on the back court. Derrick Rose can be a lethal scorer but he too is still finding his role as a passer and scorer in the NBA.

On the flip side, the Hawks are about as consistent as can be. Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford combine to average nearly 40 points per game while the Hawks both three other scorers in double-figures. This is a team with plenty of balance and with Crawford coming off the bench, they now have depth too.

Betting Edge: Hawks

Defensive Matchups – Bulls vs Hawks betting odds breakdown 
The Bulls should have an edge inside as they are the best rebounding team in the NBA but the difference in this game is the Hawks have a lot of threats on the perimeter. Normally, if the Bulls big men can dominate the opposing team’s big men, they are in good shape. In this case, the Bulls perimeter defense will get test and that’s been a weakness for them.

Online betting fans know that the Hawks are not the best defensive team around but considering they are the seventh-highest scoring team around, they should be able to dictate the style of play at home. Chicago is 27th in scoring, so they are their own worst enemy when it comes to defense.

Betting Edge: Even

Notable Injuries – Bulls vs Hawks betting odds breakdown

Both teams are healthy for this matchup.
Betting Edge: Even

Betting Prediction – Bulls vs Hawks betting odds breakdown
Both teams have split the two matchups this season with both team winning at home. The difference is that the Hawks blew the Bulls out at home while the Bulls won by a three-point margin in overtime when they were at home.

The Hawks will dictate the pace and the Bulls won’t be able to keep up.

CRAIG’s Pick: Hawks

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