Bulls struggle vs. East
The Chicago Bulls are struggling to stay over the .500 mark and now face one of the best in the East in the Atlanta Hawks tonight at 8PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Atlanta is favored on the road tonight, as the Hawks are getting odds of -2.5 points against the Bulls. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 203 points.
Chicago (27-24) is clinging to the seventh seed in the East right now, leading the Hornets by 1.5 games from the ninth spot. Chicago has lost three straight entering tonight and the Bulls are just 3-7 in their last 10 games. Making matters worse is that the Bulls have not fared well against conference opponents, as they are just 10-20 against the spread against the East this season. That is the second-worst cover rate in the NBA.
Atlanta (30-24) is coming off back-to-back losses to the Magic, which snapped a three-game win streak for the Hawks. Atlanta has had success against Chicago in recent years, going 3-1 straight up and against the spread against the Bulls. The lone meeting this season saw Atlanta get a 120-105 win at home, allowing the Hawks to easily cover a 2.5-point spread.