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Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks game preview, lineups, injury report

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

[Thanks to fleng2 for today's game preview -yfbb]

The Chicago Bulls travel to Atlanta to take on the somewhat surprising Hawks tonight (6:30pm CT). Before the season, you would have thought the matchup would pit their offensive prowess against our nasty defense. But that doesn't quite tell the whole story. Turns out, the Hawks rank higher than we do in DefRtg and we edge them out in OffRtg (no, really). Keep the NBA weird.

Mike Budenholzer has the Spurs East are firing on all cylinders on offense and setting the league on fire from three-point land, knocking down 38% of their attempts. Jeff Teague would be a legitimate All-Star if he didn't live in the era of star point guards. Kyle Korver is arguably their team MVP, shooting above 50% from three-point range and 95% from the free throw line. You can't say enough good things about the guy. Plus, the dude runs 5K's. Underwater. While holding an 85-pound rock.

Paul Millsap is again underrated and putting in work. DeMarre Carroll provides some nice 3-and-D and while Al Horford isn't quite back, he's showing flashes and starting to play much better (sounds familiar to us, eh?). Thabo Sefolosha was a quiet but helpful defensive offseason addition and Dennis Schroder has emerged as a key bench player for them.

Atlanta has a really fun team. They're a lot like our team; waiting for their All-Star to work his way back to 100% health, playing unselfishly with the ball and putting in the effort every single night. You know they've been watching tape of that Warriors game and will be pick and popping us with their set of stretchy bigs.

Fortunately for us, our offense is just as potent and although the numbers haven't shown it yet, I think our defense is more than capable of stopping them in crunch time. Expect us to dominate them on the boards, and wreck them in the paint. Taj is healthy (healthier?) for this matchup, and I think he'll be more effective chasing their bigs off the three-point line than the Warriors game.

Their nine-game winning streak just came to end...here's to us not letting them start a new one tonight. (Brought to you by Crown Royale).