Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 4/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+4)
State Farm Arena is the site where and the Atlanta Hawks (27-25) will take on the Chicago Bulls (21-28) on Friday. Chicago opens this contest as 4-point underdogs. The total opens at 228.5.
The Chicago Bulls played the Indiana Pacers and notched a win by a score of 113-97 in their last game. Chicago wrapped up the game having earned a 46.8% field goal percentage (44 out of 94) and buried 14 out of their 33 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Bulls converted 11 of 14 tries for a percentage of 78.6%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they collected 57 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 28 assists for the game while forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and earning 9 steals. Concerning defense, Chicago allowed the other team to shoot 43.2% from the field on 38 of 88 shooting. Indiana totaled 20 assists and had 15 steals in the game. Additionally, Indiana grabbed 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Indiana walked away from this one shooting 75.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of their 16 attempts. They also made 9 of 30 attempts from three-point range.
Nikola Vucevic is a guy who was important for the contest. He ended up with 32 points on 14 of 29 shooting. He played 35:12 minutes and also grabbed 16 rebounds. Vucevic finished the game at 48.3% from the floor and also totaled 5 assists. One more player that was a factor in this matchup for the Bulls was Zach LaVine. He had 8 rebounds in 35:57 minutes played. He finished the game shooting 33.3% from the field in the game by connecting on 6-of-18 (19 points). When this game wrapped up, LaVine had accumulated 6 assists.
Chicago enters this game with a record of 21-28 for the season. They are averaging 112.6 points per outing (14th in the league) while shooting 47.9% from the floor. The Bulls are hitting 36.9% on shots from beyond the arc (606 of 1,642) and 80.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Chicago is collecting 45.1 rebounds per contest and has racked up 1,295 assists on the campaign, which is 12th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.7 times per game and as a group they commit 19.4 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Bulls are able to force 13.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.5 fouls. They are giving up 35.1% from 3-point land and they are 21st in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (113.5). The Bulls defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.5% (646 of 905) and they surrender 42.0 boards per game as a squad. They currently rank 4th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,173 conceded so far this season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Atlanta Hawks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 131-113 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Hawks were able to pull down 31 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 42 for the game. They also turned it over 7 times, while getting 5 steals in this contest. The Grizzlies committed 17 personal fouls for this contest which took the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 15 shots. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 86.7%. Regarding three-point shots, Atlanta knocked down 10 out of 28 tries (35.7%). When the game finished, the Hawks walked away from this one shooting 45 out of 101 from the field which had them sitting at 44.6%. The Hawks permitted the Grizzlies to convert 48 of their 89 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 53.9% for the contest. They finished shooting 42.5% from 3-point land by hitting 17 of 40 and finished the contest at 18 of 21 from the free throw line (85.7%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Atlanta allowed Memphis to collect 54 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Bogdan Bogdanovic pitched in for the Hawks for the contest. He knocked down 9 of 20 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 45.0%, and earned 6 rebounds. Bogdanovic accumulated 24 points in his 36:18 minutes of playing time and had 3 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that was pivotal for Atlanta was Trae Young. He walked away with 11 assists in 33:33 minutes on the hardwood, and he converted 6 out of 17 from the floor. Young ended up shooting 35.3% from the floor as well as totaling 14 points and 5 total rebounds.
Atlanta has a win-loss mark of 27-25 for the campaign. Atlanta has accumulated 5,897 pts this year (113.4 per contest) and they snag 45.5 rebounds per contest. The Hawks are committing 19.9 personal fouls per game and they go 81.4% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Hawks are connecting on 46.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 17th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 24.3 times per contest (19th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.5 times per game. The Hawks defensively are ranked 15th in the league in points per game surrendered with 111.6. The Atlanta defense surrenders 34.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (616 of 1,772) and opponents are making 80.8% of their free throw shots. They give up 24.2 assists and 43.0 total boards per game, which has them ranked 11th and 9th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 46.0% from the floor (11th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Atlanta (-4) and over 228.5 points
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