Chicago vs. New York,
12/21/2012 19:30 EDT,
Score: 110 - 106
Point Spread: +6½/-110 Chicago
Chicago Bulls +6.5
Here come the Bulls. Since getting off to a soft 6-7 start, Chicago has rattled off 8 wins in its last 11 games. It owns a 93-85 victory over the Knicks during this strong stretch of play, and I expect it to challenge New York again tonight.
The Bulls held the Knicks to just 32.1% shooting in the first matchup. New York relies on perimeter scoring, which can be an issue against good defensive teams like the Bulls. Few teams get in your grill like Chicago, which ranks second in the league in field goal percentage defense (42.4% shooting allowed per game).
The Bulls have won 5 of the last 6 meetings with the lone loss coming by a single point in their most recent visit to Madison Square Garden.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, and the underdog is on a 4-1 ATS run in the series. Take the points.