The Bulls played well in their last game, topping the Raptors 116-103 on Wednesday. Jimmy Butler was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points on 7-for-8 shooting. The Knicks, meanwhile, are feeling some disappointment after the deflating 111-80 loss against the Clippers on Wednesday. Cleanthony Early had a team-high 18 points.
Nikola Mirotic has taken his game to another level over the last five games for the Bulls. During that stretch, he has averaged 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.4 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers.
The Bulls defense could make it difficult on New York’s shooters. They rank second in the NBA in forcing misses (opponents’ effective field goal percentage of 47.5%), while the New York offense is 27th with a mark of 46.9%.
The Bulls have emerged victorious in both games against the Knicks this year, including a 103-97 win the last time these two teams met. In the victory, Butler led all scorers with 35 points.
The odds for Chicago and New York are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Bulls have gone 44-29 Straight Up (SU) and 34-39 Against The Spread (ATS). They are 27-16 SU and 21-22 ATS against the Eastern Conference. The Bulls are one of the best in the NBA in terms of free throws made, making an impressive 19.8 per game. The rebounding edge goes to the Bulls in this matchup, who are one of the top rebounding teams in the league with an average of 45.7 boards per game. Crossing over to the defensive end of the court, the Bulls prevent teams from making three-pointers, ranking second in the league with 467 total three-pointers allowed (6.4 per game).
Over on the other bench, the Knicks have 14-58 SU and 27-43-2 ATS records. New York has not performed well ATS during its last 10 games, earning a 3-7 record.
In their previous meeting this season, Chicago beat New York, bumping its SU record to 8-2 over the Knicks in their last 10 meetings. With a 6-4 record, the Bulls also have the advantage ATS. Chicago held the advantage in field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers two times in the last 10 matchups. On the other side of the court, New York never accomplished this feat in that span.
Predictions: SU Winner – CHI, ATS Winner – CHI
Chicago scores an average of 101.0 points per game (ranked 13th). New York ranks 22nd in points allowed per game with 101.4.
New York ranks 28th in points allowed per road game (103.2 PPG), while Chicago ranks 13th in points per home game with 102.0.
In its last game, New York lost by a 31-point margin. Chicago is 8-2 in games decided by a margin of 18 points or more. New York has a 0-18 record in blowouts.
When New York allows fewer than 100 points, it has a poor 11-21 record this season. Chicago also has a losing record when it scores fewer than 100 (12-20).
When allowing 100 or more points in a game, the Knicks are just 3-37 this season. Chicago is an exceptional 32-9 when registering triple digits.
The Knicks have an offensive rating of 97.4 (ranked 29th), while the Bulls rank 14th for their defensive rating of 102.2.
Chicago has an average field goal percentage of 44.2%. New York is a subpar 3-41 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.
On average, the Chicago Bulls attempt 22.0 three point field goals per game and the New York Knicks attempt 19.8 per game. In games where they attempt at least 25 threes, Chicago is 11-13, while New York has a subpar record of 1-13.
The Chicago Bulls, with an assist to turnover ratio of 1.66, rank 13th in the NBA. The New York Knicks have a lower A/TO (1.57), ranking 18th.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the top rebounding teams in the league with an average of 45.7 per game (ranked third). The New York Knicks are one of the worst rebounding teams with 40.4 rebounds per game (ranked 29th).
The New York Knicks rank 17th in offensive rebounding, while the Chicago Bulls rank sixth in defensive rebounding.
On average, the Knicks force a turnover rate of 14.3%. When the Bulls turn over the ball at a similar or higher rate, the team has a solid 19-10 record.
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