Ross’ NBA Super Side: NBA Streaks 7-1 & 18-10!
(NBA) Atlanta vs. Chicago, 04/17/2024 9:30 PM, Score: 116 - 131
Point Spread: -3.00 | -106.00 Chicago (Home)
Result: Win
Hawks @ Bulls 9:30 PM ET
Game# 549-550
Play On: Bulls -3.0

The Atlanta Hawks are a textbook example of why some question the validity of the Play-In Tournament. The Hawks enter this contest on a 6-game losing streak, failed to cover on 5 of those occasions, and finished with a 36-46 regular season record. The Hawks are coming off Sunday’s regular season finale in which they were embarrassed in 157-115 loss at Indiana. Atlanta is 0-7 SU&ATS their last 7 this season after a loss by 15 points or more and were outscored by an average of 10.7 points per game. During their previous 5 games Atlanta has allowed their opponents to shoot an alarmingly high 54.8% from the field.

Chicago finished the regular season by winning 2 of their last 3 games. However, I was more impressed in their loss at Madison Square Garden in their regular season finale than the 2 wins over lowly Washington and Detroit. During that contest, the Bulls lost to the Knicks 120-119 in overtime as a 13.0-points dog. Furthermore, the Bulls were already locked into the #9 seed and really had nothing to play for. Conversely, the Knicks needed to win to attain the Eastern Conference #2 seed. Chicago played with playoff intensity and now being at home against a more inferior opponent than New York will serve them well. Give me the Bulls minus the points.