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Chicago vs. New York, 12/21/2012 19:30
Point Spread: -5½/-110 New York
Friday's NBA Free Pick: Knicks -5.5
The Knicks will be out for revenge against Chicago tonight, as the Bulls knocked off New York 93-85 in Chicago back on Dec. 8. The Knicks shot just 32% from the field and still were within striking distance and they played that game without their star Carmelo Anthony.
Considering that this game is being played at Madison Square Garden and will be televised on ESPN, I expect a big time effort out of New York tonight. The Knicks are a dominant 11-1 at home, outscoring their opponents by over 10-points per game. The Knicks were a 2-point favorite in Chicago without Anthony and you are telling me that their best player and the home-court edge is only worth 3.5 addition points. I'm not buying it.
This is very similar to the Bulls two games against the Clippers. Chicago lost by 21-points at Los Angeles as a 6.5-point dog and were able to hold their own in a 5-point loss at home as a 4-point dog. Chicago's defense simply isn't as strong away from the United Center. I look for New York to win this game by double-digits. The Knicks are 12-3 ATS as a home favorite of 6-points or less over the last 2 seasons, winning by an average of 9-points per contest! BET THE KNICKS!