Free NBA Picks - Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls

Atlanta Hawks

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 5:35 PM GMT

The Bulls and Hawks are meeting for the third time this season and in the first two, the Hawks have soundly beaten the Bulls. That should happen a third time, but the better wagers are the Hawks’ first-half spread and the under.

Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls

The Bulls played last night against a banged up Orlando team and escaped with a covered spread. Now on the second night of a back to back, the Bulls are faced with a tough task of beating the Hawks, a team playing pretty good basketball lately.

Atlanta is coming off a loss to the Clippers, a team they almost certainly overlooked the other night. However, coming in rested against a team that had to travel from Orlando to Chicago last night, I love the under and even the Hawks in the first half.

The Bulls are only 5-6 ATS this season when they are playing on no rest and while they have played well at times during those games, the further we get into the season, the more they are going to hurt. The Bulls are also 7-3-1 cashing the under on no rest.

On top of that, the Hawks always seem to find a way to be leading the Bulls at halftime. In their last six meetings against one another dating back just over a year, the Hawks have an average margin at halftime of +11.3 points. Even if you take away the game where they were leading by 29 at the half, they still have a +7.8 margin at halftime in their previous five meetings.

Even with the Hawks playing faster, I am ready to cash the under and the first half with the Hawks in this one. We should see a sloppy game from the Bulls, who are averaging only 95.1 points per game in 11 games on no rest this season and they have broken 100 in those games just twice.

Free NBA Picks: Hawks PK 1H & Under 202½

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