The Bulls are currently dead even with the Boston Celtics for first place in the East. They can momentarily hold the top spot with a win Tuesday against Atlanta and I fully expect them to be sitting at the top tonight.

Chicago had won eight straight before a 108-115 overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers.

However Derrick Rose and company got back on track in style with a 132-92 thumping at home over the Sacramento Kings this past Monday.

The Bulls were favored by 15.5 points heading into the game but ended up covering with ease as eight different players scored in double figures.

Rose had 18 points and eight assists while Joakim Noah came through with 14 points and nine rebounds. In his first game back from injury, Carlos Boozer put up 16 points (6-of-10 FG), five boards and four assists.

We'll see if they'll perform at a high level again in Tuesday's trip to Atlanta.

The Atlanta Hawks are in the midst of a rough stretch, having lost six of their last nine ahead of this forthcoming game.

They did however overcome Detroit over the weekend in a 104-96 victory. It was a balanced effort for Atlanta, who got 10 or more points out of six players.

Al Horford really stood out though, chalking up 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in over 42 minutes of play.

Keep backing a red-hot Chicago squad

The Chicago Bulls are a solid 20-7 ATS in their last 27 matchups overall and have covered in four of their last five road games.

However they've struggled at the betting window against Atlanta recently, going just 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings between the two squads. Chicago has also failed to cover in its previous four visits to Atlanta.

It hasn't been a great few weeks for the Hawks, who are a mediocre 4-6 ATS over their last 10 games. They'll try to secure a win as 4-point underdogs in Tuesday's encounter.

The last time these two Eastern Conference foes squared off, the Bulls won easily, 94-76 as 7.5-point favorites in the NBA odds.

That said, I'm predicting another victory for a Chicago team that should be even harder to beat now that Carlos Boozer has returned to the fold.

This great run for the Bulls has pushed them all the way to the top of the standings and they'll be itching to stay there.

Over their last five, they've averaged 108.0 points while allowing just 91.8. They've also hauled down an average of 45.0 rebounds in that span, almost 10 more than the Hawks who have pulled down 36.4.

That dominance on the boards should hand Chicago a lot of second looks at the basket and in the end I feel Derrick Rose will again fuel his team to the win on Tuesday. Kirk Hinrich is in for a long night against the former Memphis star.

NBA Free Pick: Continue to ride the Bulls train for as long as possible