The Chicago Bulls are hoping to be able to snare the No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs, which could setup a big time showdown with the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the postseason. The two will meet in NBA betting action, and we have our Bulls vs. Hawks picks for Wednesday night at Phillips Arena. March Madness is going to start soon and this match reveals the hype for it.
There are a few very important things that we really need to make mention of when we talk about the Bulls. The first is that this is an outstanding home team. Oh sure, we know that this is a road game, but when you have that glaring 26-4 home record, your road record is sure to not be all that great. Chicago is certainly obliging, as it is just 15-13 this season outside of the Windy City.
However, the counterpoint to that is the fact that the Bulls are really playing some tremendous basketball now that they are at full strength and that Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer are sharing the paint together on a nightly basis. The team has snared seven victories in its last eight games, and it is 4-1 in this mark on the road to move to two games above .500.
Though two of those wins did come against postseason contenders, the Hawks are probably the best teams that the Bulls are going to take on during this stretch, at least in terms of games that are played away from the United Center.
This is a big time clash for Atlanta, as it really needs to prove that it can hang around with some of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks, just like Chicago, have a great record at home at 17-9, and what you’ll notice about this team is that there have been significantly more road games (34) than home games (26).
With Kirk Hinrich really not doing a solid enough job since coming over from the Washington Wizards, the rotation is even thinner now for Atlanta than it was before the trade deadline. There are only five players that are averaging more than 24 minutes per game, and they are all double digit scorers on averaged.
Of course, one of those men, Josh Smith, is dealing with a knee injury right now, and he might be held out of this one on Wednesday. If he is, the Hawks could be in a lot of trouble, as Smith is putting up 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, second on the team in both categories. Again, this one means a lot more to the Hawks than it does to the Bulls, and if this ends up holding true, the hosts should end up ruling the day, with or without Smith. At some point, Hinrich really needs to prove his worth at the point guard spot, and though he won’t outshine Derrick Rose, even remotely hanging in there with him is crucial. Try Free NBA Picks starting this match.