New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago -1.5 -- Over/Under 216.5
The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls duke it out at the United Center for some Tuesday night basketball.
The New York Knicks have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost 18 of their last 21 games, but they will be hoping to finish the season on a high note after taking down the Wizards in a 113-110 comeback win on Sunday. Mario Hezonja led the team with 30 points, six rebounds and five assists, Luke Kornet added 17 points with seven rebounds and four blocks while Kevin Knox chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Knicks shot 51 percent from the field and a sizzling 17 of 34 from the 3-point line, but they really left their run late as they trailed by as many as 12 points late in the third quarter before they made they started to rally. With the much-needed win, New York improved to 16-64 overall and 9-31 at home which ranks them right at the bottom of the league.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in a slump of their own as they’ve lost 11 of their last 14 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting routed by the 76ers in a 116-96 home loss on Saturday. JaKarr Sampson led the team in scoring with a career-high 29 points with eight rebounds and two blocks while Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 14 points, but no other Bulls player scored more than eight points. As a team, the Bulls shot just 42 percent from the field and eight of 25 from the 3-point line but with so many people playing out of their usual positions, things only got worse as the game wore on as the Bulls were outscored in every quarter. With the loss, Chicago fell to 22-58 overall and 9-31 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Knicks are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, 7-18 ATS in their last 25 games against a team with a losing record and 18-38 ATS in their last 56 games overall. The Bulls are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 home games, 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on two days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Chicago and the home team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.
Here we have two of the worst teams in the league, colliding in a game that has little meaning. The Knicks were dead in the water before their thrilling comeback win over the Wizards on Sunday, while the Bulls also beat the Wizards before getting trounced by the 76ers on Saturday. I can’t trust the Knicks these days, but the Bulls’ long injury list is proving to be too much for the Bulls to overcome and I think that hurts them again in this one. I’m going with the Knicks to escape with the narrow win here.