New York Knicks (15-13) vs. Chicago Bulls (11-16)
December 16, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago Bulls -3; Over/Under: +228.5
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The Chicago Bulls play host to the New York Knicks once again at the United Center on Friday night.
The New York Knicks have been in great shape as they’ve won six of their last eight games and they will be gunning for a season-high sixth straight victory after outlasting the Bulls in a 128-120 overtime road win on Wednesday. Julius Randle led the way with 31 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, Jalen Brunson added 30 points with seven assists while RJ Barrett chipped in with 22 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 49 percent from the field and a sizzling 18 of 34 from the 3-point line as they squandered a 14-point lead, before they made up for it in overtime by restricting the Bulls to just three points to keep their win streak alive.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in a funk as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be aiming to snap a two-game skid after falling short to the Knicks in a 128-120 overtime loss on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 32 points on eight of 18 shooting, Zach LaVine added 25 points on 11 of 23 shooting while Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Bulls shot a healthy 54 percent from the field and nine of 28 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 14-point deficit to send the game into overtime, only to go ice-cold when it mattered most to give the game away in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings overall and the Knicks are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Knicks are again missing Ryan Arcidiacono and Obi Toppin, while the Bulls are keeping an eye on Ayo Dosunmu who is questionable with a pelvic contusion. The Knicks have come to life with five wins on the trot while the Bulls have really struggled lately with just two wins in their last seven games. The Knicks open as road underdogs despite winning on Wednesday because it’s just so hard to beat the same team twice in a row in their own building. Expect the Bulls to come out swinging and eventually escape with the narrow revenge win.