Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks - 12/27/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks - 12/27/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks (15-17) vs Chicago Bulls (19-10)

Game Info: Monday, December 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm (State Farm Arena)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Hawks +4.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Atlanta Hawks play host to the Chicago Bulls at the State Farm Arena on Monday night.

The Chicago Bulls have been in decent shape as they’ve won eight of their past 11 games and they will be looking to build on their current three-game win streak after taking down the Pacers in a 113-105 home win last night. Zach LaVine led the team with 32 points and five assists on 12 of 18 shooting, DeMar DeRozan added 24 points while Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 16 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks. As a team, the Bulls shot 56 percent from the field and 11 of 23 from the 3-point line as they hit the ground running to take a 15-point lead into halftime, before making a final push in the fourth quarter to push the margin out to 18 points.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been in a slump as they’ve lost seven of their past 10 games and they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after getting routed by the Knicks in a 101-87 road loss on Christmas Day. John Collins and Delon Wright each scored 20 points, Skylar Mays added 11 points while Cameron Reddish chipped in with 10 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Hawks shot just 37 percent from the field and 13 of 38 from the 3-point line as they were struggled on offense right from the start and trailed by 10 points at halftime and things only got worse in the third quarter where they scored just 15 points to trail by as many as 21 points. Reddish shot just four of 15 from the field while Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with just eight points on two of 12 shooting.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days’ rest and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games against a team with a losing record. The Hawks are 0-8 ATS in their last eight home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Atlanta.

The Bulls have had to deal with plenty of distractions due to those three postponed games, but they’re still coming into this game with plenty of momentum after beating the Pacers for their third straight win. In contrast, the Hawks haven’t strung together wins in a month and their confidence took another hit after getting routed by the Knicks on Christmas Day. This is a tough one to pick, but the Hawks are 0-8 ATS in their last eight home games, so I’m sticking with the more consistent Bulls team to escape with the win and cover in this spot.

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Peter’s Pick Chicago -4.5

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