Free NBA Pick: Hawks vs. Bulls NBA Odds
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2020 NBA Handicapping
(0-0) Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls (0-0)
Date: Wednesday, December 23
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hawks -122 | Bulls +105
NBA Betting Odds: Hawks -2.0 | Bulls +2.0
NBA Betting Total: 230
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Wednesday, December 23rd finds the Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls playing their first game of the 2020-21 season.
Neither team participated in the Disney bubble so this will be the first game that counts toward a seasonal record for either club in over nine months.
The Bulls hold the all-time record between the clubs with 132 wins in 245 meetings. Last season, the clubs played three times with the Bulls winning all three contests.
Trae Young stated he wanted help and Atlanta stepped up to make the moves necessary. Of all the teams who didn’t participate in the bubble, the Hawks were the most aggressive this offseason.
With the Bucks getting in trouble regarding their hastiness at trying to lock down sniper Bogdan Bogdanovic it afforded Altlanta the ability to reap the benefits with the league citing potential tampering.
Other additions include Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn, Tony Snell, and Solomon Hill. The draft was also a strong point with Atlanta getting Onyeka Okongwu projected to possibly have a similar ceiling as Bam Adebayo
The big offseason moves for the Bulls occurred in the front office (Arturas Karnisovas) and on the bench as Billy Donovan was hired to replace the fired Jim Boylen.
Donovan brings his skillset to Chicago with the Bulls hoping he can have the same success there as the bench boss did in Oklahoma City.
A key will be finding a balance on both ends of the hardwood. The club signed Garrett Temple and Noah Vonleh plus re-signed Denzel Valentine. But, losing Kris Dunn was tough given the youngster played well enough to earn All-Defense honors (coming up just short).
Several Bulls may not be in the lineup for the home opener. Some of the explanations sound like the players have either come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 or they themselves perhaps do. To wit, Tomas Satoransky is away for personal reasons while Garrett Temple is in self-isolation and Devon Dotson is also out for personal reasons.
In addition, Denzel Valentine has a hamstring strain and Thaddeus Young has a lower leg strain. Dotson and Young are out with the trio of Satoransky, Temple, and Valentine questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2 in CHI last 8 vs. NBA Southeast
- ATL are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
- Underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
Last season, I felt Chicago had the pieces in place to take a step particularly if Otto Porter Jr. returned from injury to play at the level he did in Washington. Instead, the Bulls were mired by injury with a coach who didn’t suit the club.
I might be on an island but Chicago should take a step this season albeit it will only get them into the play-in tournament.
The Hawks on the other hand expect to make a big move but the issue with Atlanta is the players they added are either strong offensively OR defensively but not both. That might not result in a net gain unless the Lloyd Pierce can balance the lineups.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls +1.5
Bulls defense will trump Hawks’ offense as Zach LaVine and Trae Young go tit for tat offensively while simultaneously ignoring the defensive end of the floor.
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