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[January 20, 2017]
The Atlanta Hawks have
experienced a lot of recent success against the visiting Chicago
Bulls and look to post their sixth consecutive win in the series in
Friday's meeting. The Hawks have been a hot squad but were derailed
badly on Wednesday, when they suffered a 118-95 road loss against
the Detroit Pistons.
Atlanta won nine of 10 games and was playing well in all facets
before falling behind 42-18 after one quarter against Detroit and
taking a severe beating. The Hawks have the opportunity to get right
back on a roll with the Chicago contest marking the opener of a
stretch in which five of six are at home. The Bulls can't seem to
get in a sustained rhythm and lost for the fourth time in six games
when they suffered a humbling 99-98 home loss to the Dallas
Mavericks on Tuesday. "Same mistakes over and over again," Chicago
star Jimmy Butler told reporters. "Eventually, I figure we will
learn as a team -- it's about the personnel out there on the floor.
We have to be better. Otherwise, we'll keep getting the same outcome
every single time."
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ABOUT THE BULLS (21-22): Veteran shooting guard Dwyane Wade
repeatedly points out there is plenty of season remaining but he
certainly is getting tired of reciting the same spiel. "You can't
keep getting stressed out or frustrated over and over; it is what is
right now," Wade told reporters. "Halfway through the season, 21-22,
we've been going through this all year. I'm too old to be getting
frustrated and stressed out by all this. We'll get back in the next
two days and try to figure out how to get a win over Atlanta on the
road and move on." Wade is shooting just 38.9 percent from the field
in January while averaging 18.8 points.
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ABOUT THE HAWKS (24-18): Atlanta signed Dwight Howard to a
three-year contract last offseason but apparently might not be all
that committed to the veteran center. Rumors erupted that the New
Orleans Pelicans approached the Hawks about acquiring Howard and
Atlanta initially was receptive before deciding not to continue
discussions. Howard should be fresh against the Chicago after
sitting out Monday for rest and playing only 21 minutes in
Wednesday's blowout loss to the Pistons.
1. The Hawks posted a 115-107 win on Nov. 9 despite 39 points by
2. Atlanta signed veteran SG Gary Neal and opened a roster spot by
trading G Mo Williams to the Denver Nuggets.
3. Chicago PF Taj Gibson (ankle) is expected to return after a
PREDICTION: Hawks 102, Bulls 98
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