NBA Matchup: Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls
Date: 24th February 2022
Time: 8:00 pm ET
The All-star break is coming to an end. We now commence into the 2nd half of the season. This is the time when playoff teams push for a higher seed, mid-tier teams try to push for playoff positions and the bottom team’s tank.
Who has been winning the season series?
The Atlanta Hawks have matched up with their conference rivals, Chicago Bulls, twice this season. In both those games, the Bulls have taken the win.
In the first game, Zach Lavine and Demar DeRozan had a combined stat line of 65 points and 19 assists between the 2 of them. The Atlanta Hawks just could not defend them but that’s something the Hawks are just known for.
They are the 2nd best offensive team in the league but also the 2nd worst defensive team in the league. This explains how they could score an average of 117.5 points per game against the Bulls but also let the Bulls score 130 against them.
The clear stand-out for the Bulls was Nikola Vucevic. In both games, Vucevic grabbed 37 total rebounds and added more than 40 points of his own to the tally.
Capela is the only big man on the team and that’s why teams can win against them. It’s easy to get a mismatch against them and dominate in every possession. Hence, the Bull leads this season series 2-0.
Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls prediction
The Bulls have missed two of their biggest perimeter defenders in Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso. Atlanta is offensive heavy and it all comes from their guards. Even though the Bulls have Lavine and DeRozan, Ball and Caruso could’ve slowed them down a bit more.
But the main problem and reason for the Hawks being so bad this season is their defense. They haven’t bolstered their defense in the trade deadline and the buy-out market. And unless they have become a defensive unit overnight, it’s unlikely that they will be able to slow down the Bulls’ scoring.
I predict the Chicago Bulls to win against the Atlanta Hawks in the 3rd game of this season’s series tonight.
Gorgui Dieng – Out (Personal Reasons)
John Collins – Out (Foot)
Lonzo Ball – Out (Knee)
Patrick Williams – Out (Wrist)
Alex Caruso – Out (Wrist)
How to watch the Atlanta Hawks vs the Chicago Bulls?
You can watch the Atlanta Hawks take on the Chicago Bulls on 24th February 2022 at 8:00 PM ET on FuboTV. You can also watch the game globally on NBA league pass.