Bulls at Knicks - 12/19/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (15-8) at New York Knicks (12-14)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +3 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, MSG
The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks meet Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Chicago Bulls look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 98.1 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 97.5 points on 41 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.6 points and 5.2 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 5.6 assists and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.9 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The New York Knicks look for a nice home win to get back to a .500 record. The New York Knicks are averaging 97.7 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 99.3 points on 43 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21.7 points and 7.5 rebounds while Arron Afflalo is averaging 13.6 points and 1.7 assists. Kristaps Porzingis is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Langston Galloway is dishing 2.1 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Knicks are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.5 turnovers per game. The New York Knicks have split their last six home games. The New York Knicks have won five of their last eight home games.
The Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Bulls have been shaky on the road recently and the opposite can be said for the Knicks at home. I'm siding with the home team and the free bucket mainly because I don't have much trust in Chicago outside of the United Center, especially after playing four overtimes on Friday.