Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks - 10/31/13
New York Knicks (0-0) at Chicago Bulls (0-1)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -8 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds
Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls take on Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks from the United Center on TNT Thursday.
Head to head, the Knicks are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago while the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Derrick Rose made his much anticipated return to the hardwood on Tuesday night, however, his Bulls couldn’t get past Lebron James the reigning champion Miami Heat as they kicked off the new NBA season. Rose, who was coming off an 18-month layoff, scored the first two points of the game, but he would struggle for the rest of the way as he shot 4-15 and added five turnovers in the 107-95 defeat. One player that didn’t look rusty was Carlos Boozer as led all scorers with 31 points for a Bulls team that was outscored 38-17 in the second quarter, which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.
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(Note: This game was written before the Knicks game versus the Bucks)
The New York Knicks are one of the harder teams to figure out coming into this new season. While they return the core of what was a 55 win team last season, one that made it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000, it remains to be seen how things will unfold in for them in 2013-14. It’s no secret that New York caught some fortunate breaks last season and while they acquired veterans such as Andrea Bargnani, Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace in the summer, they just add to what was already an aging roster. Then there is the whole Amare Stoudamire situation, which I’m not even going to get into. It’s conceivable that the Knicks could replicate what they did last season, but I just don’t see it with the improvement of teams such as the Pacers, Nets and tonight’s opponents in the Bulls, just to name a few.
Chicago has covered against New York In their last five meetings, but none of those wins were larger than tonight’s spread of eight points. Instead, I’ll be taking the over in this game. The last three times these two met last season, the average total in those game was a whopping 218 points, granted the last meeting went into overtime. I don’t think we see anything around the 218 mark again tonight, but 190 looks very achievable…