Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks - 10/17/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks - 10/17/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks (1-3) vs. Chicago Bulls (1-3)

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -5 -- Over/Under: 224.5

TV: NBATV

The Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls meet Thursday in NBA preseason action at the United Center.

The Atlanta Hawks look for a victory to finish their preseason with a 2-3 record. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 94.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting and allowing 116.7 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 16.7 points and 6.7 assists while DeAndre' Bembry is averaging 12 points and five rebounds. Jabari Parker is the third double-digit scorer and John Collins is grating 5.3 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 29.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost six of their last eight preseason games.

The Chicago Bulls look for another victory to finish their preseason with a 2-3 record. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 107.3 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.3 points and 3.3 assists while Coby White is averaging 16.8 points and 3.8 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen is the third double-digit scorer and Otto Porter Jr. is dishing 4.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.3 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost six of their last eight preseason games.

The Hawks are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Bulls are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 6-22 ATS in their last 28 home games. The over is 6-0 in Bulls last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Chicago.

Both of these teams have been hit or miss this preseason and neither side is shooting as well as they should. The one edge we have in this game is that the Chicago Bulls are catching the Hawks on the end of a back to back, which is rare in preseason and a spot where we could see tired legs. The Chicago Bulls should be able to control the pace of this game and pull away with a nice victory before the regular season. 

Randy’s Pick Chicago Bulls -5

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