The Chicago Bulls will host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in a battle of two of the worst teams in the NBA. Chicago has lost three straight games coming into this one, but this is a chance to end its skid. Atlanta will be playing in its second game in as many nights, and it will likely be a little fatigued in this game.
Chicago comes into this game with a record of 8-17, and it looks like another lost season for the Bulls. Atlanta has actually been worse than Chicago, with just six wins in its first 24 games this season. The Chicago Bulls are 4.5-point favorites over the Atlanta Hawks in this game.
Bulls Must Find More Offense
If the Bulls are going to snap their three-game losing streak, they are going to have to find some more offense. Chicago is averaging just over 105 points per game this season, and it has been even worse than that of late. The Bulls have also struggled on the defensive end of the floor, giving up close to 109 points per game, which puts some added pressure on the offense. Chicago has some nice pieces, but it has yet to put it all together on either end.
Point guard Zach LaVine has really turned his career around since putting on a Bulls uniform, and he is having a monster season for Chicago. LaVine is leading the team with over 22 points per game, and he is capable of scoring 30 or more points on any given night. Center Wendell Carter Jr. is shooting better than 58 percent from the floor, but getting him paint touches is a problem at times for the Bulls.
Hawks Not Interested In Playing Defense
The Hawks have not been very interested in playing defense this season, and it is one of the biggest reasons for their terrible record. Atlanta is giving up more than 117 points per game, and they just gave up 135 points in overtime to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. The Hawks can score the basketball, but it’s hard to outscore teams every time they take the floor.
Point guard Trae Young has emerged as one of the best players in the NBA, and he is having a monster season for the Hawks. Young leads the team with 28.8 points per game and is also dishing out more than eight assists per game. DeAndre Hunter scored 30 points for the Hawks in the loss on Tuesday, and he gives the Hawks another young talent to build around.
Bulls Snap Three-Game Losing Streak
The Hawks are not a very good team, and they will be tired after playing an overtime game on Tuesday night. The Hawks can score the ball, but their defense has been a major issue this season. Chicago has struggled of late as well, but it should put together a solid performance at home. Bet the Chicago Bulls -4.5 over the Atlanta Hawks in this Eastern Conference matchup.