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New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/12/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (19-20) at New York Knicks (17-22)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks meet Thursday night in NBA action at Madison Square Garden on TNT.

The Chicago Bulls look for a big road victory to get back to a .500 record. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 25 points and 6.7 rebounds while Dwyane Wade is averaging 18.7 points and 3.8 assists. Taj Gibson is the third double-digit scorer and Doug McDermott is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost six of their last seven road games.

New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/12/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Knicks could use a feel good win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 105.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 108.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Carmelo Anthony is averaging 21.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 19.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. Derrick Rose is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost four straight home games.

The Bulls are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Knicks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in New York and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

I'm not sure how anybody can lay chalk with a Knicks team that's lost 10 of 13 and is coming off a Wednesday loss to the 76ers. Remember when the Knicks were looking like a playoff factor in the East? Yeah, that feels like six months ago. Anyway, the Chicago Bulls are expected to be without Wade and Butler for this contest, so, even the Knicks should be able to win this at home. Yikes.

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