Bulls vs Hawks Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 21

Patrick Williams, Chicago Bulls (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Patrick Williams, Chicago Bulls (Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

This winter weather has kept me out of commission here for the past week, but with the current state of the Chicago Bulls, watching this team is liable to make me feel just as sick. Fortunately, the Bulls were finally able to break their losing streak last night against the Miami Heat, but they won’t find things any easier tonight as they take on the Atlanta Hawks.

I’m sure most fans aren’t likely to forget the heartbreaking overtime loss in the Bulls’ last encounter with the Hawks anytime soon, but they’ll at the very least get a chance to exact vengeance here.

Whether or not this team is capable of doing so is certainly a question worth asking, especially now that Dejounte Murray and John Collins have returned to the lineup to bring the Hawks back up to full strength. Here’s how you can watch tonight’s game to see how the Bulls’ comeback efforts pan out.

How to watch Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks

  • Date: December 21, 2022
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m CT
  • Where: State Farm Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Watch: ESPN, NBC Sports Chicago, NBA TV
  • Stream: FuboTV

Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks, Spread, Over/Under

  • Favorite: Hawks (-6)
  • Over/under: 236 points
  • Moneyline: +200 Chicago/-245 Atlanta

Gambling odds and information courtesy of FanDuel. Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change. Displayed odds current as of Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. CT.

Projected Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup and Injury Report

  • PG: Alex Caruso
  • SG: Zach LaVine
  • SF: DeMar DeRozan
  • PF: Patrick Williams
  • C: Nikola Vucevic
  • IR: Out – Lonzo Ball; Questionable – Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr.

There should be no surprises in the Bulls’ starting lineup tonight. Instead, I’m turning my attention toward the bench. Ayo Dosunmu and Andre Drummond have recently fallen out of the rotation in favor of Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. Whether this change will stick or is just a result of Billy Donovan experimenting with different lineups remains to be seen.

Update: Dragic and Jones Jr. have both been ruled out, meaning Dosunmu and Drummond will get another chance to impress tonight.

Game Predictions

As great as it is to see the Bulls finally win a game again, it’ll be hard to take them seriously until they can do so without their opponent’s best player resting (see, Dallas, Miami). The Bulls already failed to defeat the Hawks in their own home court without Murray or Collins available, so the odds are certainly not in their favor leading up to tonight’s game. If DeRozan, LaVine, and Vucevic can all get their respective games going at the same time like last night, however, this Bulls team could defeat anyone.

My Predictions (13-17)

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Bulls Upcoming Games

  • Dec. 23 @ New York Knicks (18-13)
  • Dec. 26 vs Houston Rockets (9-21)
  • Dec. 28 vs Milwaukee Bucks (22-8)

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