Basketball Betting Predictions -- Hawks Hope For Better Offensive Luck in Chicago This Time Around 2/11/14


The Hawks are currently sporting a record of 25-24 straight-up, which has come on the heels of three straight defeats. They are still the fourth-place team in the East, a game behind the Toronto Raptors and a half-game ahead of the Bulls and Washington Wizards. In all, there are only three games separating the third and seventh place clubs in the East. Atlanta is 26-23 as it is measured against the basketball pointspread. Chicago is 25-25 straight-up and 22-27 against the number. 

In the basketball betting odds that have been placed on this game by our friends at BetAnySports, the Bulls are laying a couple of points: 


Chicago Bulls  -2

Atlanta Hawks  +2

Over 186 points  -110

Under 186 points  -110


The Hawks have been missing Al Horford, their All-Star big man, as well as their best scorer and rebounder, since shortly after Christmas, as he is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Of course, they should not be crying the blues when it comes to this matchup, as Chicago is not only without former MVP Derrick Rose for the rest of the campaign, but may also be missing power forward Carlos Boozer, who sat out the last game with a calf injury and hopes to be back here, although he has been listed as doubtful. 


NBA bettors observed an awfully drab performance by Atlanta last time out, as they lost 79-76 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night. They held their own on the defensive end, to be certain, but this was not the kind of pace the Hawks like to play, and they allowed Memphis to dictate the tempo. When you throw in the fact that Atlanta committed 21 turnovers, it did not add up to a formula for victory. So that brought the Hawks' losing streak to three games, all of which have represented failure son their part to cover against the basketball betting odds. 


BetAnySports patrons have to be a little suspicious, however, about what all of this means for Atlanta as it pulls into the United Center for this game. The Hawks have not had any offensive success there at all, having averaged just 75.2 points on their last six trips. In fact, it was kind of a moral victory in the previous meeting (January 4) that they were able to score as many points as they did in a 91-84 defeat, where they failed to cover as five-point underdogs in the NBA odds. Paul Millsap, who is headed to the All-Star Game for the great job he has done in Horford's absence, had 20 points and eleven rebounds in that contest, but he was all by himself as an offensive contributor. 


Despite Boozer's injury, we like Joakim Noah's ability to do battle with Millsap underneath and recognize that Chicago has won four out of five games with Boozer missing. With Atlanta's offensive woes and the prevailing trend in this series, which has seen nine of the last ten meetings go under the total, our basketball betting prediction calls for that to continue, so it's UNDER 186 on Tuesday night. 

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