Atlanta vs. Chicago,
01/03/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 74 - 76
Point Spread: -9½/-102 Chicago
1 Unit on Chicago Bulls -9.5
The Hawks handed Miami its first loss of the season yesterday, but this will be a tough encore. The Bulls, which beat Memphis by 40 in their last game, have had a day to rest. They've also had plenty of success against Atlanta.
Chicago has won 6 of the last 8 in this series with all 6 of those wins coming by at least 12 points. The Hawks, are just 1-4 SU and ATS in the last 5 matchups with those 4 losses coming by an average of 15.5 points.
The extra day of rest could be significant for Chicago, which is 37-18 ATS in its last 55 games when playing with a day of rest. The Bulls are also 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games when matched up against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5 points. The Hawks are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog. We'll bet the Bulls.