In the last meeting between the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls, the Hawks scored 58 points, broke a franchise-record for futility and an NBA record for ineptitude through three quarters. We all know that Chicago’s defense under Thibodeau is outstanding, but it isn’t that outstanding, and there should be a level of revenge on the minds of the Atlanta roster here. This is basically the opposite of the Toronto game, as Chicago’s offense is only 20th overall, but with a top-3 defense, this game could be played in the 80′s. It is important for Larry Drew to get Horford and Smith established early, as the Chicago front-court triumvirate of Noah/Boozer/Gibson can really be a force if they establish the tone. It will come down to whether Atlanta can score efficiently, and it would really help to get a productive game from Jeff Teague as he faces off with Chicago’s biggest weakness at the point guard spot. Oh, and it’s another opportunity to see Teague vs. Teague. That helps with the entertainment quotient.
Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Chicago Bulls
What?: Eastern Conference Showdown (Game #46, Home Game #24)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 – 7:00 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Kirk Hinrich | SG: Rip Hamilton | SF: Loul Deng | PF: Carlos Boozer | C: Joakim Noah
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles) is doubtful. Lou Williams (torn ACL, right knee) is out.
Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose (knee rehabilitation) is out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (26-19) … Chicago Bulls (28-18)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 1 / HOME: Won 3 / ROAD: Lost 1 … Chicago Bulls –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Won 4 / ROAD: Lost 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (16-7) at home … Bulls are (13-7) away.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. The Hawks currently own a three-game home winning streak, posting double-digit comebacks in each contest – Minnesota (18), Boston (27) and Toronto (13).
Chicago Bulls: Hot. The Bulls have won five of their last seven games and 7-of-10 overall.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks host the Bulls for the second time this year in the third-and-final meeting between the teams. Atlanta and Chicago split the previous two contests, each winning at home. The Hawks posted a 92-75 win on 12/22, behind Al Horford’s double-double (20 points/10 rebounds). Luol Deng had 11 points for Chicago. The Bulls evened things up with a 97-58 triumph on 1/14 behind Carlos Boozer’s 20 points and 13 boards. Mike Scott led Atlanta with 10 points. Chicago leads the all-time series 117-102, with the Hawks holding a 61-46 edge in home games.
LAST MEETING — Bulls 97, Hawks 58 — United Center (Chicago, IL) — 1/14/13
Atlanta couldn’t get anything going offensively, falling in Chicago 97-58. The Hawks set franchise lows for points in a quarter (5 in the second) and points in a half (20 in the first), while just missing the all-time low for points in a game (57 by the Milwaukee Hawks vs. Boston on 2/27/55). Mike Scott was the only Hawk in double-figures with 10 points and Al Horford grabbed 11 rebounds. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 20 points and 13 boards. Luol Deng added 18 points and Joakim Noah had 16 rebounds (also nine points). Atlanta shot .293 from the field for the game and made 8-10 FTs, while Chicago hit .418 from the floor and knocked down 25-33 from the charity stripe. The Bulls won the battle of the boards 59-39 and outscored the Hawks in the paint 44-30
Jeff Teague is Marquis Teague’s older brother. Al Horford and Joakim Noah played together at University of Florida from 2004-07, winning back-to-back national championships together. Kyle Korver played the last two seasons with the Bulls. Hawks assistant coach Bob Weiss played for Chicago from 1968-74. Kirk Hinrich (part of 2010-11 through 2012), Nazr Mohammed (part of 2000-01 through part of 2003-04) and Vladimir Radmanovic (2011-12) are all former Hawks. Anthony Morrow and Marco Belinelli were teammates with Golden State in 2008-09. Korver and Carlos Boozer played together in Utah from 2007-10. Johan Petro and Vladimir Radmanovic were teammates with Seattle for part of the 2005-06 season, while Anthony Morrow and Anthony Tolliver teamed with Radmanovic with Golden State for part of the 2009-10 campaign.
Information was used from the Hawks and Bulls official gamenotes