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Knicks vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls
- Where: Chicago at United Center
- Date: Wednesday, December 14th
- Betting Odds CHI -4, NY +148 | CHI -181 O/U 225.5
So far, the Knicks have put together an overall record of 14-13, while going 13-13-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s 4 game win streak, they have an average scoring differential of 16.75 points per game.
The Knicks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Kings by a score of 112-99. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. New York was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Kings to cut into their 16 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was RJ Barrett, as he contributed 27 points while hitting 42.9% of his shots.
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 11-15, while going 13-13-0 vs the spread. Against the spread, Chicago has a mark of 2-1. Straight up, their record is 2-1 in these games.
The Bulls will be looking to bounce back from a 123-122 loss to the Hawks. In terms of betting, Chicago entered as 3 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Chicago was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 8. Leading the team in scoring was DeMar DeRozan, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 47.6% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the 2021-2022 season, the Knicks and Bulls split the series, with each team going 2-2. This year, Chicago will look to do a better job at home, as they also split their games at the United Center. Similar to their season-long average, the Knicks averaged 107.75 points per game vs the Bulls. Just like the Knicks, the Bulls maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 108.75 points per game vs New York. In terms of betting, New York has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous 5 matchups vs Chicago. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +3 points per game in favor of the Knicks. A combined average of 213 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 27 games, New York is averaging 113.8 points per game (13th). Coming into today’s game, the Knicks will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.9 made 3’s per game. If the New York offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 6th in fewest turnovers per game.
So far, the Knicks have played well defensively, as they are ranked 6th in the league at 106.6 points per contest.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jalen Brunson who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 20.1 points per game. At the time of this article, Brunson is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 3rd on the team in usage rate and is 57th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, New York benefit from having both of their top scorers as Julius Randle leads the team and is 30th in the league in scoring (22.3). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 11th in points allowed to power-fowards.
Through 26 games, the Bulls are averaging 113.3 points per contest, placing them 14th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.3 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 8th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Currently, the Bulls defense is ranked 17th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, DeMar DeRozan leads the Bulls in scoring at 26.0 points per game, placing him 16th in the NBA. Overall, DeRozan has hit 50.7% of his shots while accounting for 20.5% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 10th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 21.8 points per game, Zach LaVine is the 2nd leading scorer for the Bulls. For the season, he is 114th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 43.4%.
Knicks vs Bulls Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls -4
- Free Total Prediction: Over 225.5