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New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls - 4/1/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
Date & Time Monday April 1, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
The Line
The Line: New York -3 -- Over/Under 212.5
TV Channel
NBCH, MSG
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The New York Knicks play host to the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

The Chicago Bulls have been in rough shape as they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after getting blown out by the Raptors in a 124-101 home loss on Saturday. Walt Lemon Jr. led the team in scoring with 19 points and six assists off the bench, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 18 points while Shaquille Harrison chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 42 percent from the field and nine of 30 from the 3-point line as they looked competitive against the Raptors until the second quarter where the Raptors poured in 41 points. It only got worse for the Bulls as the game wore on as the margin only grew larger, but you have to feel for the Bulls who have most of their talent on the sidelines. With the loss, Chicago fell to 21-56 overall and 9-30 at home.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a world of hurt as they’ve lost 14 of their last 15 games and they will be hoping to avoid a seventh straight defeat after falling to the Heat in a 100-92 home loss on Saturday. Emmanuel Mudiay led the team with 24 points and four assists, Luke Kornet added 17 points while Kevin Knox chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Knicks shot just 40 percent from the field and nine of 38 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 61 points in an inspirational first half, but they couldn’t keep it up in the second half where the Heat outscored them by 45-31. With the loss, New York fell to 14-62 overall and 7-31 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home. The Knicks are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a losing record, 18-41 ATS in their last 59 home games and 16-36 ATS in their last 52 games overall.

Head to head, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings, the Bulls are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in New York and the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

It’s always hard to pick games at this stage of the season, especially when you’re trying to pick between two teams that have no incentive to win anymore. The Bulls have been struggling with a long list of injuries but that doesn’t compare to the nightmare that the Knicks have been living all season with their injuries and trades. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall, but I think I’m leaning towards the Knicks who almost pulled off the upset against the Heat.

Pick:
New York -3
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