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#567 New York Knicks 213 vs.
#568 Chicago Bulls -6.5
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
United Center, Chicago
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a battle of last-place Eastern Conference teams on the hardwood in the Windy City. The New York Knicks are on the road as they make the trip to face the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night. New York was pasted 108-87 at home by Cleveland in their previous contest on Sunday night. Chicago was defeated 117-94 at home by the Rockets in their last game Saturday night. The Bulls lead the all-time regular season series 122-108 but the Knicks have taken the last three meetings. That includes a 105-98 home win in the first matchup between the teams this season on October 28.

New York Knicks Looking to Get Back in Win Column

New York was run over at home by Cleveland in their last contest to snap their win streak at one. The Knicks entered Monday in the basement of the Atlantic Division, six games behind the Celtics. New York was run out of their own building early: they trailed by 12 after the opening quarter and by 18 at the half. New York got no closer than 13 in the second half as they were handled by a struggling Cavaliers team. The Knicks shot just 36 percent from the field, including nine of 31 from three-point range, and clanked nine of 25 free throw attempts. New York won the rebounding battle 52-45 but turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 27 Cleveland points. Julius Randle had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Knicks in the contest.

The Knicks enter this game 29th in the league in scoring offense with 99.2 points per game on the year. New York is 10th in the league in rebounding with 46.7 boards a night while ranking 28th by dishing out 19.6 assists per contest this year. The Knicks are 15th in scoring defense by allowing 109.3 points per game this season. Rookie RJ Barrett is third on the team with 15.5 points plus 5.8 rebounds per contest on the year. Julius Randle (15.5 points, 10 rebounds), Marcus Morris Sr. (team-high 18.1 points, 5.7 rebounds), Kevin Knox II (10.3 points), Bobby Portis (9.4 points, 8.2 rebounds) and Mitchell Robinson (9.6 points, six rebounds, 1.9 blocks) are performing well in the new-look rotation for the Knicks this season. New York is 30th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 41.7 percent from the floor as a team. The Knicks are tied for 20th in threes per game as they knock down 10.6 triples per game while the team stands tied for 12th in three-point shooting as they connect on 35.9 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

Chicago Bulls Try to Earn Home Victory

Chicago was unable to keep up with the Rockets at home in their last contest and hopes to avenge their meltdown from the first meeting against the Knicks. The Bulls are in the basement of the Central Division, four games behind Milwaukee. Chicago led by seven after the opening quarter and was within one at the half before things unraveled. The Bulls were outscored 36-18 in the third quarter and that told the tale for the contest. Chicago shot 37.8 percent from the field, including a miserable four of 32 showing from beyond the arc, and lost the rebounding battle 55-46. Lauri Markkanen, Chandler Hutchison, Wendell Carter Jr. (16 rebounds) and Thaddeus Young each had 13 points in the loss.

The Bulls are 25th in the league in scoring offense this season with 105.4 points per game. Chicago is 27th in the league in rebounding with 42.4 boards a night while ranking 23rd with 23 assists per contest. The Bulls are below average defensively as they are 16th by allowing 110 points per contest. Zach LaVine leads the team with 19.5 points per game on the year. Lauri Markkanen (14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds) and Wendell Carter Jr. (12.8 points, 9.5 rebounds) are solid post presences. Coby White contributes 11.1 points a game as a rookie while Thaddeus Young (10.2 points) and Otto Porter Jr. (11.2 points) are good contributors. The Bulls need to get more production from Tomas Satoransky and Kris Dunn from the point guard position. Chicago is tied for 27th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 42.8 percent from the floor. The Bulls are tied for 17th in the league with 10.9 three-pointers a game and stand 25th by shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc. Porter Jr. is out for this contest with a foot injury.

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This one is a battle of a pair of teams that are struggling to say the least. The teams are a combined 5-15 on the year and there are reports that Knicks president Steve Mills is looking to fire coach David Fizdale. That creates more discord for the Knicks coming into this contest and it is going to impact them on the floor. New York has been anemic offensively and they are going to have their problems here on the road. The Bulls had the Knicks on the ropes in the first meeting this season before giving up a 15-0 run to close the contest, turning an eight-point lead into a seven-point defeat. Chicago doesn’t have that issue at home as they prevail here.

Prediction: Chicago Bulls -5.5

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New York has had their struggles this season and being on the road isn't going to be a favorable thing for them here. The Knicks are 1-5 on the road this season and their lone win came in their last road game against the Mavericks. New York has scored 102 points or less in three of their six games on the road this season. Chicago is only 1-3 at home on the year and have scored 94 points or less in two of those contests. The Bulls are in the bottom 10 in the league in scoring offense while the Knicks are in the bottom two in that department. Can we expect any kind of fireworks seeing that the teams combined for 10 points less than this total in their first meeting?

The under is 4-0 in the Knicks' last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, 5-0 in their last five on Tuesday, 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Chicago has seen the under go 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days of rest and 4-1 in their last five against Atlantic Division teams. Given that both teams combined for 203 points in their first meeting and that the Knicks have stayed under the total in eight of their last nine meetings, this one falls short of the mark.

Prediction: Under 213
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.