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Bulls vs. Knicks - 12/18/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Knicks (5-22) at Chicago Bulls (15-9)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -10 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls square off Thursday night at the United Center.

The New York Knicks have lost 12 of their last 13 games and have shown little signs of turning things around. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 93.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony leads New York with 23.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. is shooting 39.5 percent from the field and Jose Calderon is dishing out 4.1 assists. The New York Knicks lack of offense continues to be the main reason for their struggles, but they’re allowing 102 points on 48.1 percent shooting in their last five games. Still, the Knicks have lost 10 straight when scoring less than 100 points. J.R. Smith is questionable for this game with a heel injury.

Bulls vs. Knicks - 12/18/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls have won four of their last six games and play their first contest since Monday. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 98.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler leads Chicago with 20.9 points and 5.9 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.7 points and 11.9 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing out 5.1 assists and Taj Gibson is shooting 53 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls defense has really turned up the notch recently, allowing 93.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. The Bulls are 11-2 SU this season when allowing less than 100 points. However, five of the Bulls nine losses have come at home. Joakim Noah is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.

The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central. The Bulls are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall. 

I have to take the points here, as the Knicks have done a decent job of covering the number, especially against East teams. Chicago has been up-and-down for the most part and you're never sure when the offense is going to get going. Look for New York to keep this game close, as the Knicks have to start winning before it's too late. 

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