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 ColumnNew 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 VictoryChicago 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.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
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