|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Chicago Bulls, coming off of a 40-point victory on Monday night, travel to Atlanta to seek some revenge against the Hawks.
In the last meeting between the two at Philips Arena, the Bulls gave up a 19-point lead, collapsing in the second half of the game to hand the game to the Hawks, who rallied for the 83-80 win at home.
The Bulls were leading that game after scoring the first 14 points of the game, and went into halftime up by 19. In the second half, though, the tide turned and the Hawks looked like the elite team on the floor. Chicago's Derrick Rose made some questionable passes as the Hawks capitalized on six Bulls turnovers. Rose himself connected on only 5 of 21 field goal attempts.
Chicago went into that game having won seven of eight games in late February before dropping to the Hawks. Then the Bulls went on a run of winning eight games in a row, including a home court win against Atlanta on March 11. That game was not even close, resulting in a 94-76 Chicago victory at the United Center, with Rose putting in 34 points.
The Bulls are also coming off of a loss in overtime to the Indiana Pacers, so they will be looking to bounce back and start a new winning streak. They started off right with their 40-point rout of the Sacramento Kings on Monday night, which earned the team their first 50-win season since Michael Jordan led the team to the NBA Championship in the 1997-1998 season.
The Hawks are coming off of a tough 106-85 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night, followed up by a 104-96 win against the Detroit Pistons. Still, though, the Hawks will have a tough time against the Bulls, who are the 4-point favorites to win. Both Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah are back for Chicago, making the team as strong as they have been all season. The total is set at 181.