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Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick & Prediction APR 9TH 2021

FinishedTV: NBCS-CH | BSNPhilips Arena Atlanta

505Chicago Bulls
506Atlanta Hawks

227.5o -110
-2.5 -105
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Chicago vs. Atlanta Recap APR 9TH 2021

Lauri Markkanen was perfect on a three-shot foul in the fourth overtime to put Chicago ahead to stay and help the visiting Bulls earn a 168-161 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.

Markkanen was fouled by Atlanta's Alex Len on a 3-point attempt with 1:59 remaining and made all three. It was part of a 7-0 Chicago run that enabled the Bulls to post their second straight victory and their fifth in six games.

Markkanen finished with 31 points, his 12th straight game with 20-plus points. He added 17 rebounds to secure his fifth straight double-double, a career best.

Chicago's Zach LaVine scored a career-high 47 points and was 6-for-14 on 3-point attempts while adding nine rebounds and nine assists. Otto Porter Jr. had 31 points, sinking seven treys, and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta got a career-high 49 points from rookie Trae Young, who was 17-for-33 from the floor with six 3-pointers, 16 assists and eight rebounds. Len added 24 points and 10 rebounds but was only 4-for-9 from the foul line. Dewayne Dedmon had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks before fouling out. Taurean Prince scored 17 before fouling out.

The Hawks appeared to have the game won in regulation when Young made a straightaway 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to give them a three-point lead. However, with 0.4 seconds left, Dedmon was whistled for foul on Porter's 3-point shot, and Porter made all three free throws to tie the game at 124 and force overtime.

Atlanta couldn't hold onto a four-point lead in the first overtime and trailed 140-138 when Wayne Selden made one of two free throws with 36.8 seconds left. The Hawks forced a second overtime when Young made a layup with one second remaining.

The Bulls overcame a five-point deficit in the second overtime and tied the game at 147-147 on a 3-pointer by Ryan Arcidiacono with 25.1 seconds left. Both teams had subsequent chances, with Vince Carter missing for Atlanta and Porter missing for the Bulls at the buzzer.

In the third overtime, LaVine tied the game with a 3-pointer with 1:06 left. Both teams turned the ball over, and Len missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, leaving the game tied 155-155.

The teams square off again on Sunday in Chicago.

--Field Level Media


The Chicago Bulls aim for their fourth win in a row on Friday when they visit the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bulls will play on short rest after holding on for a 122-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. They also defeated the Brooklyn Nets and Indiana Pacers earlier in the week.

A victory over Atlanta would give the Bulls their longest winning streak of the season. They are hoping to make a late push for a playoff spot after acquiring big man Nikola Vucevic to go along with All-Star guard Zach LaVine.

On Thursday, LaVine set the tone with 22 points to go along with 13 assists. He made a layup and a 3-pointer in the final two minutes to hold off a late comeback attempt by Toronto.

"Zach has done everything he can to impact the group and impact winning," Chicago coach Billy Donovan said. "Besides scoring, I think he's working defensively and trying to set guys up and make the right basketball play. He continues to improve and put us as a team in position to win."

Now the Bulls turn their attention to the Hawks, who saw their four-game winning streak come to a halt with a 131-113 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 24 points for Atlanta in the loss. Trae Young scored 14 points, but he shot just 6 of 17 from the floor and missed all four of his 3-point attempts.

Solomon Hill said the Hawks need to ratchet up the intensity.

"We can't go out and not be the more desperate team," Hill said. "We haven't earned anything. We haven't won anything. And (our last game) was definitely a wake-up call."

Atlanta will wrap up a four-game homestand on Friday.

The Hawks will remain without John Collins, who has been sidelined since the end of March with a sprained ankle. Collins is expected to miss at least one more week.

Two more Hawks players, Clint Capela (Achilles) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle), are listed as questionable for Friday's game.

The Hawks' injury woes could increase pressure on Young to bounce back from his poor performance against Memphis. Young leads Atlanta with 25.1 points per game to go along with 9.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds.

This is the second meeting between the teams this season. They met Dec. 23 to open the 2020-21 campaign, with the Hawks cruising to a 124-104 win.

Young erupted for 37 points on 10-for-12 shooting in that game. He made 5 of 6 shots from beyond the arc.

LaVine led the Bulls with 22 points in that contest. He shot 9 of 19 overall and missed 7 of 8 attempts from 3-point range.

--Field Level Media

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Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3817.691 21-517-12113.9108.5L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets3718.673 22-715-11118.8114.2L17-0-3
Boston Celtics2926.527 17-1012-16112.4110.4L17-0-3
New York Knicks2927.518 17-1012-17105.6104.3L25-0-5
Toronto Raptors2234.393 12-1510-19112.0111.6L24-0-6
Milwaukee Bucks3420.630 18-816-12119.2112.7L35-0-5
Indiana Pacers2628.481 9-1617-12113.9114.1L15-0-5
Chicago Bulls2232.407 10-1712-15112.2113.6L43-0-7
Cleveland Cavaliers2034.370 11-159-19103.9111.0L23-0-7
Detroit Pistons1639.291 9-167-23107.7111.4L34-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4114.745 25-316-11117.0107.5L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets3520.636 19-1016-10115.1110.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3123.574 16-1215-11114.7114.9L25-0-5
Oklahoma City Thunder2035.364 9-2011-15105.3114.3L81-0-9
Minnesota Timberwolves1442.250 9-195-23110.1118.1L23-0-7
Phoenix Suns3915.722 22-817-7114.8107.7L19-0-1
Los Angeles Clippers3918.684 22-817-10115.0108.2L28-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3421.618 16-1118-10109.8105.6L16-0-4
Golden State Warriors2728.491 17-1010-18112.9113.7L15-0-5
Sacramento Kings2233.400 12-1610-17114.2118.7L82-0-8

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks3025.545 14-1016-15113.3111.2L17-0-3
Miami Heat2827.509 15-1313-14106.2107.5L26-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2727.500 13-1214-15110.2111.3L34-0-6
Washington Wizards2133.389 10-1611-17113.8118.6L15-0-5
Orlando Magic1837.327 10-198-18104.3112.0L63-0-7

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Houston Rockets1441.255 7-207-21108.3114.8L41-0-9

Last Injuries

Atlanta Hawks

  • Trae Young

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Young has been held out of the last two games with a left calf contusion, and it is unknown if he will take on the Bucks on Thursday.

  • Kris Dunn

    Late April | out

    Dunn is recovering from surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right ankle, and he is not expected to return until the end of April.

  • Cam Reddish

    Early May | out

    Reddish has been held out of the lineup with a right Achilles injury, and he is unlikely to return until the beginning of May.

  • Tony Snell

    Out Thurs | out

    Snell has sat out the previous two contests with a right ankle sprain, and he will not be active Thursday versus the Bucks.

  • John Collins

    Late April | out

    Collins exited the last contest with a left ankle sprain, and it is projected that he will not be available until the latter part of April.

  • Rajon Rondo

    Prob Sun | probable

    Rondo missed the previous game with a sore right adductor, but it is anticipated that he will be available Sunday versus the Pistons.

  • Armoni Brooks

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Brooks has missed the last two contests while going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Clippers on Friday.

  • Clint Capela

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Capela missed the last game with an achilles injury, and it is unclear if he will be in the lineup on Friday to face the Bulls.

Chicago Bulls

  • Otto Porter Jr.

    Out indefinitely | out

    Porter Jr. is out of commission with a left foot injury, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

  • Adam Mokoka

    Out indefinitely | out

    Mokoka is dealing with an undisclosed issue and a timeline for his recovery has yet to be established.

  • Devon Dotson

    Out indefinitely | out

    Dotson is sidelined for undisclosed reasons, and it is unclear when he will return to action.

  • Daniel Gafford

    Prob Wed | probable

    Gafford is expected to take on the Kings on Wednesday despite a right shoulder contusion.

  • Garrett Temple

    Prob Wed | probable

    Temple has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain, but he is projected to return Wednesday versus the Magic.

  • Daniel Gafford

    Prob Sat | probable

    Gafford has been sidelined due to a right ankle sprain, but he is expected to return to the court against the Suns on Saturday.

  • Coby White

    Prob Thurs | probable

    White is dealing with a neck injury, but it is anticipated that he will play Thursday versus the Raptors.

  • Zach LaVine

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Lavine is bothered by a left ankle injury, but it is projected that he will be active for Thursday's battle with the Raptors.