New York Knicks (17-16) at Chicago Bulls (11-22)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls PK -- Over/Under: 207 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls meet Wednesday in NBA action at the United Center.
The New York Knicks look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last six games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 24.6 points and 6.7 rebounds while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17.8 points and 3.3 assists. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Courtney Lee is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost eight of their last nine road games.
The Chicago Bulls look for another victory after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 99.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Nikola Mirotic is averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. Justin Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is dishing 5.3 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have won five straight home games.
The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Don't look now, but the Chicago Bulls are playing some decent basketball and are one of the hotter teams in the league now that they're healthy. The Bulls have a little pep in their step and are coming off a game in which they torched the Bucks for 115 points. The New York Knicks aren't the same team on the road as they are at home and the record ATS isn't much better. You have to play the trends here and ride the hot hand. In a toss-up game, I'm siding with the Bulls on their home court.