Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/11/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago -5
Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls (8-17, 4th in the Central Division) host the Atlanta Hawks (6-17, 5th in the Southeast Division) at United Center on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Atlanta opens this matchup as 5 point dogs. The total opens at 222.
The Hawks cover the spread 47.8% of the time, having gone 11-12-0 ATS. Chicago covers the spread 48.0% of the time, going 12-13-0 against the spread.
Key Atlanta Hawks Injuries
12/9/2019 Alex Len C Illness Game Time Decision
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/9/2019 Chandler Hutchison SF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Dec 11
12/6/2019 Jr SF Foot Expected to be out until at least Dec 23
11/12/2019 Cristiano Felicio PF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Dec 21
Trae Young comes into this game averaging 28.8 points per contest while playing 34.6 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per contest and distributes 8.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 86%. Jabari Parker averages 16.2 points per contest in 28.0 minutes per game. He averages 1.9 assists per game and 6.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 50% for the season while his free throw percentage is 72%.
Lauri Markkanen scores 14.2 points per contest while playing 30.2 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.8 rebounds per contest and has 1.6 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is at 81%. Zach Lavine averages 22.2 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.5 rebounds per game and has 4.0 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
Atlanta averages 108.7 points per contest, which is 19th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -8.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 13th. From 3-point territory they shoot 32%, which is good for 30th in the NBA. They average 42.0 boards per contest and 23.5 assists per game, which ranks them 27th and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 2nd with 17.5 per game. The Hawks allow 117.3 points per contest, which is 27th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 22nd and 21st in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 45.2 rebounds a game which ranks 13th, and they allow 24.2 assists per game which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 16.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago is 26th in the NBA with 105.4 points per contest this season. They are 29th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -3.16. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 23rd in the league. They are 22nd in the NBA in rebounding with 43.4 boards per contest and 22nd in assists per game with 22.9. The Bulls are 11th in turnovers per contest with 15.7. The Bulls give up 108.6 points per game, which ranks them 15th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 17th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 17th with 24.2 dimes allowed per game and 28th with 48.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Bulls are 30th in the league in forcing turnovers with 18.2 per contest this year.
The Hawks are 23rd in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.6, and their defensive rating of 114 is ranked 26th. In terms of pace they are 11th in the league with 102 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 24th. As a team they are 23rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league. Atlanta is 2nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 8th in the league.
Chicago is 9th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 15.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 15th in the NBA. The Bulls are 28th in the league in defensive rating with 106.7, and their offensive rating of 103.6 is ranked 12th. They are 12th in the NBA in pace with 101.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 26th. As a unit they are 26th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shot attempts, ranking 9th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Hawks/Bulls NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago -5
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