Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction, 5/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+2.5)
The Chicago Bulls (26-36) are headed to State Farm Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Atlanta Hawks (34-29). Chicago opens this matchup as 2.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 224.5.
The Chicago Bulls faced off with the New York Knicks and took a loss by a score of 113-94 in their last contest. Chicago ended the contest having earned a 45.9% field goal percentage (39 of 85) and buried 10 of their 29 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Bulls knocked down 6 of 10 shots for a percentage of 60.0%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 43 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 29 assists in this contest while forcing the other team into 4 turnovers and getting 2 steals. With respect to defense, Chicago allowed their opponent to shoot 46.2% from the field on 42 of 91 shooting. New York doled out 27 dimes and had 10 steals for the game. Moreover, New York grabbed 41 boards (9 offensive, 32 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. New York finished the game shooting 89.5% from the free throw line by making 17 of their 19 tries. They also made 12 of 27 tries from distance.
Nikola Vucevic is one player who was important for the matchup. He finished with 26 points on 10 out of 22 shooting. He saw the court for 37:07 mins played and also collected 18 boards. Vucevic finished the game shooting 45.5% from the field and recorded 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Bulls was Coby White. He collected 2 rebounds in his 35:05 min on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 38.5% from the floor for the game by connecting on 5-of-13 (12 points). When the game finished, White had 9 assists.
Chicago enters this contest with a mark of 26-36 so far this year. They currently have an average of 111.3 points per game (19th in basketball) while going 48.0% from the field. The Bulls are hitting 36.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (769 of 2,093) and 80.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, Chicago is snagging 44.6 boards per contest and has totaled 1,672 assists on the season, which is 4th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 15.5 times per contest and as a team they are committing 19.0 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end, the Bulls have forced 12.7 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 fouls. They are relinquishing 35.4% on shots from distance while they are 18th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (112.6). The Bulls are allowing a shooting percentage of 47.5% (789 of 1,114) and they surrender 41.8 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 9th in the league in allowing assists with 1,505 surrendered so far this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Atlanta Hawks took a defeat with a final score of 127-83 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hawks snagged 30 defensive boards and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for the contest. They also coughed it up 14 times, while recording 3 steals in the matchup. The 76ers committed 22 fouls in this matchup which took the Hawks to the charity stripe for 29 tries. They were able to make 23 of those for a rate of 79.3%. Regarding three-point attempts, Atlanta converted 6 of their 19 tries (31.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Hawks finished the game shooting 27 for 81 from the floor which gave them a rate of 33.3%. The Hawks permitted the 76ers to make 48 out of 89 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.9% in this game. They finished 44.4% from behind the 3-point line via 16 out of 36 and finished the contest at 15 of 22 from the free throw line (68.2%). In reference to team rebounding, Atlanta allowed Philadelphia to get 46 in all (11 offensive).
John Collins was important for the Hawks in this game. He converted 8 out of 11 for this contest for a rate of 72.7%, and had 4 rebounds. Collins racked up 21 points in his 28:55 mins on the court and had 2 assists for the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Atlanta was Solomon Hill. He came away with 4 assists in his 30:17 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 4 out of 10 from the floor. Hill finished going 40.0% from the field and also collecting 14 points and 5 boards.
Atlanta has a mark of 34-29 on the season. Atlanta has totaled 7,105 pts for the campaign (112.8 per game) and they grab 45.3 rebounds per game. The Hawks commit 19.4 fouls per game and they go 81.2% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Hawks are hitting on 46.2% from the floor, which is 18th in the league. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.0 times per game (21st in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per game. The Hawks on the defensive end are ranked 16th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.4. They have conceded 24.1 assists and 42.8 total boards per game, which is 9th and 9th in the NBA. The Atlanta defense surrenders 34.8% on shots from distance (753 of 2,161) and opponents are connecting on 80.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 12.5 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (13th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+2.5)
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