Bulls vs Hawks Odds, Spread and Predictions

Zach LaVine driving to hoop

Dec 26, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) drives on Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulls are five-point road favorites over the Hawks on Monday night
Trae Young is one of 10 Hawks in the NBA health and safety protocols
A look at the matchup and odds can be found below with a pick

The short-handed Atlanta Hawks will host the Chicago Bulls at 7:30pm ET Monday at State Farm Arena.

The Hawks (15-17) had 10 players in the NBA health and safety protocols as of Sunday night. They have lost three of their last four games.

The Bulls (20-10) are favored in a game that will be shown on NBA TV. Chicago beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 113-105 on Sunday night for its third straight win and is 0.5 game behind the Brooklyn Nets for the Eastern Conference lead.

Bulls vs Hawks Odds

Team
Moneyline
Spread
Total

Chicago Bulls
-200
-5 (-110)
OFF

Atlanta Hawks
+168
+5 (-110)
OFF

Odds as of December 26th at FanDuel.

Bulls vs Hawks Injury Report

The Bulls’ Lonzo Ball, who is averaging 13.2 points and a team-high 5.0 assists a game, is in the NBA health and safety protocols and expected to miss the game. He was the only player to appear in each of Chicago’s first 29 games before sitting out Sunday.

Alfonso McKinnie and Tony Bradley are also out for COVID-19-related reasons. Alex Caruso (foot) will also sit out. Derrick Jones (hamstring) is questionable.

The Hawks will be without leading scorer Trae Young, who is averaging 27.3 points a game. He will miss his third straight games while in the protocols.

Missing it , 🖕🏽Covid pic.twitter.com/plVG8HgLaP

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) December 26, 2021

A total of 10 Hawks are in the protocols, including second-leading scorer John Collins (17.6) along with Kevin Huerter, Onyeka Okongwu, Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Jalen Johnson, Wes Iwundu and Sharife Cooper.

Also out for the Hawks is De’Andre Hunter (wrist). Malcolm Hill (hamstring) is questionable.

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Bulls Outlook

Zach LaVine returned from the protocols Sunday night and shined in the Bulls’ win. He scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting and knocked down 5-of-9 three-point attempts while dishing out five assists.

LaVine had missed the previous two games and hadn’t played in two weeks because the Bulls had three games postponed during that span.

Zach LaVine came to close.@NBCSChicago | @ZachLaVine pic.twitter.com/sjGZCyLlti

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 27, 2021

It was the 10th game of 30-plus points for LaVine this season and fourth in the last five games. He had 33 in a loss to the Miami Heat on Dec 11 before being sidelined.

DeMar DeRozan had his eighth consecutive 20-point game as he finished with 24 points.

Nikola Vucevic contributed 16 points and 15 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season. Javonte Green added 13 points in his first double-figure effort since Nov 8 as the Bulls reached a benchmark.

First time we’re 10 games over .500 since 2016.

Happy Holidays, #BullsNation! pic.twitter.com/8LImdwCUAH

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 27, 2021

The Bulls were hot from the field, making 43-of-76 attempts for 56.6%. They also shot 47.8% (11-of-23) from beyond the arc, which helped offset 15 turnovers.

Hawks Outlook

The Hawks dropped a 101-87 decision to the Knicks on Saturday in New York. In its first Christmas game since 1989, Atlanta fell behind 19-3 as the Knicks made their first seven shots and never threatened.

Collins led the Hawks with 20 points and eight rebounds. It was the fourth time in the last five games he scored at least 20.

However, the Hawks lost the game and Collins wound up in the protocols.

J’ai pris John Collins. https://t.co/NTkgAPRpKu pic.twitter.com/PfoFR6isz7

— Wizards France (@WizardsFrance) December 25, 2021

Delon Wright reached double figures for just the second time this season as he had 20 points and three steals in 34 minutes while taking advantage of more playing time with the Hawks being shorthanded.

Skylar Mays added 11 points and Cam Reddish finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

After missing two games while in the protocols, Clint Capela had six points and nine rebounds in his return.

It’s Christmas miracle 🎅

Welcome back Clint Capela 🎉 pic.twitter.com/lDKhP2Mxbd

— Hawks Nation (@HawksNationCP) December 25, 2021

The Hawks shot just 37.9% (33-of-87). Reddish was 4-of-15, including 1-of-8 from three-point range, and Bogdan Bogdanovich was 2-for-12 overall and 2-for-8 from long distance.

Bulls vs Hawks Prediction

The depleted Hawks were admittedly out of gas Christmas Day but have had 1.5 days to recover. Playing at home against a team on the second half of a back-to-back, Atlanta with the points looks like the play in this one.

The Pick: Hawks +5 (-110)

Author: wpadmin

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