Knicks at Bulls - 1/1/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Knicks (15-18) at Chicago Bulls (18-12)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -6.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, CSNC
The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls square off New Year’s Day at the United Center.
The New York Knicks need a nice road win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 98 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 99.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 13.2 points and eight rebounds. Arron Afflalo is dishing 1.8 assists and Robin Lopez is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Knicks are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.2 turnovers per game. The New York Knicks have lost six of their last eight road games. Lou Amundson is questionable with a back injury.
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The Chicago Bulls look for a nice victory after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 100 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21 points and 3.6 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 16.2 points and 10.7 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic is grabbing six rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.4 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.7 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have won six of their last eight home games. Derrick Rose is questionable with a hamstring injury.
The Knicks are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Bulls are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. The Knicks are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
The Knicks have been very good ATS on the road and have already beaten the Bulls once this season. I don't love this game but there's value with New York and the points.