Bulls at Knicks 1/12/17 - NBA Picks & Predictions
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Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
NBA: 8:00 PM EST
Jan. 12, 2017
In the first game of an NBA on TNT Thursday night doubleheader, the Chicago Bulls will visit the New York Knicks. The Bulls have dropped two straight games and have fallen a game behind Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. On Tuesday, Chicago was outscored by 16 points during the third quarter of a disappointing 101-99 road loss at Washington. The Bulls turned the ball over 18 times and shot just 40 percent on the night.
Rookie Denzel Valentine scored a team high 19 points on 7-for-15 from the field. Taj Gibson added 10 points and 12 points for Chicago, who played without Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.
The New York Knicks are a team in turmoil and all of the excitement about their strong start has gone away. The Knicks have dropped nine of their last ten games overall and have fallen three games out of playoff contention in the East. Last night, New York sunk to their season low during a 98-97 buzzer beater loss at Philadelphia. The Knicks connected on just 4-for-22 from long range on the evening.
Carmelo Anthony scored a game high 28 points on 11-for-25 from the field. Derrick Rose returned to the lineup and added 25 points for the Knicks.
Recent Betting Trends:
Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
Knicks are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Under is 20-6-2 in Bulls last 28 road games.
Under is 25-12 in Knicks last 37 home games.
Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York.
Free Betting Pick: OVER 204.5
Chicago G Jimmy Butler (illness) and F Nikola Mirotic (illness) have both been ruled out for this contest. New York ranks 26th in defensive efficiency and should be a step slower on the second of a back-to-back. Take the over on Thursday. Final Score Prediction, New York Knicks win and cover ATS 109-105.