Free Picks NBA Game Day: Hawks vs Bulls Preview
With a playoff position locked up, the Chicago Bulls now have their sights set on winning the NBA Eastern Conference as they trail the Boston Celtics by just 1.5 games with have a game in hand. The Atlanta Hawks sit comfortably in fifth in the East with a three game lead over the retooled New York Knicks.
Free Picks NBA Game Day: Hawks vs Bulls Preview: This is the second of three meetings this month between Atlanta and Chicago. These two battled once already with Atlanta earning an 83-80 win on March 2, 2011.
Tip off at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois is scheduled for Friday, March 11, 2011, at 8:00 PM ET.
NBA Game Preview – Bulls vs Hawks
Since beating the Bulls just over a week ago, Atlanta has dropped three straight, albeit against three very tough opponents in Oklahoma City, the L.A. Lakers, and New York. They have also dropped seven of their past ten and have given up 100 points or more in each loss except one.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau should get serious consideration for coach of the year, his squad has clinched their first division championship in thirteen years despite having a rash of injuries and they are down a man yet again as Carlos Boozer will sit after spraining his ankle against the Bobcats on Wednesday.
NBA Spread Betting Odds: Hawks @ Bulls
Sportsbook.com has the Hawks as +7.5 (-105) road underdogs.
It’s an Eastern Conference battle that pits the second seeded Bulls against the fifth seeded Hawks during the playoff stretch run. The Bulls have allowed the fewest points per game in the league at 91.43 while Atlanta is ninth allowing 95.38 points per game.
Additionally, both teams aren’t known to be scoring powerhouses as the Hawks average 95.73 PPG while the Bulls average 97.60 PPG.
Chicago should take it but Atlanta will have a little more room to manouvere on the hardwood without having to worry about Carlos Boozer.
NBA Point Spread Free Pick: Take the Hawks at +7.5 (-105) on the road in Chicago.