New York Knicks
(1-2, 2-0-1 ATS)
(2-1, 2-1 ATS)
The New York Knicks have had five days off to prepare for Thursday night’s key TNT NBA betting affair, as they travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls.
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The Knicks had their Tuesday night clash against the Orlando Magic scrapped due to an arena problem at Madison Square Garden, but HC Mike D’Antoni surely won’t mind having the extra few days to prepare for this game. One other man that doesn’t mind the rest is F Anthony Randolph, who will be making his New York debut on Thursday night after getting traded in the F David Lee deal from the Golden State Warriors. Randolph had been dealing with an ankle injury. F Danilo Gallinari was expected to miss Tuesday’s game, but will be back in the fold on Thursday in spite of his wrist injury. The Knicks are one of the few teams in the NBA that hasn’t been beaten by the NBA odds yet this year. They are 2-0-1 ATS in spite of the fact that they have a 1-2 record, and D’Antoni knows that it is just a matter of a few small things from his team being a real contender for the postseason in the lackluster Eastern Conference. F Amare Stoudemire and F Wilson Chandler are both putting up big time numbers this year, as the two are combining to average 42.3 points per game and 17.7 rebounds per game in the post for the men from the Big Apple. Turnovers are a problem though, especially for Stoudemire, who has 17 of them.
The Bulls have rebounded from an awful opening game performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder to pick up a pair of easy home wins both SU and ATS against the Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons. This is really a four man team right now, though until F Carlos Boozer comes back to the lineup in four weeks or so. F Luol Deng is coming off of a game in which he scored a career high 40 points against the Blazers, but the team’s scoring leader is still G Derrick Rose, who is putting up 27.7 points and 8.7 assists per game on the average night. C Joakim Noah is a real beast in the post, as demonstrated by the fact that he has 14.3 points per game, 15.3 rebounds per game, and 2.0 blocks per game. G Kyle Korver isn’t particularly happy with his role with the Bulls, but he is certainly stroking his three pointers are the rock solid rate of 50.0 percent.
As long as the Knicks don’t show signs of rust, we like their prospects of at least hanging around in this game. The Bulls have a big time matchup on Friday at Boston Garden against the Boston Celtics, and it’s going to be hard to imagine how much thought is already going into that game. New York hasn’t been beaten by more than five points all season long, and we don’t think this is the time for that to get started.
NBA Free Pick: New York Knicks +7