The Bulls and Knicks are set to face off at 8:30 ET on ABC. The Knicks will host the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. This Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 218.5 points, and the Knicks are favored to win at home vs. the Bulls.

CHICAGO BULLS VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Chicago Bulls +9.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 8:30 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.

WHY BET THE CHICAGO BULLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-114 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Our projections have DeMar DeRozan finishing with DeMar DeRozan points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bulls finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.5% and knocking down 8 threes.

Do the Bulls Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

It has been a tough go for the Bulls on the road this season, as they are just 4-11 this year. Chicago will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak today, as well as their two-game ATS losing streak. For the season, they are 10th in the East with a record of 15-20.

Chicago’s games have been slightly lower-scoring than average this season, with a combined average of 221.5 points compared to today’s over/under line of 218.5. For the season, 24 of their games have had higher over/under lines. Their record in games with higher/lower over/under lines than today’s line is 11-12-1.

Against the spread, the Bulls are sitting at 18-17 for the season. As the underdog, they have gone 12-10 ATS, but have failed to cover the spread in each of their last two games as the underdog. On the road, Chicago has an average scoring margin of -7.3 points per game and are 13th in the East with a road record of 4-11.

When looking at the Eastern Conference standings, the Bulls are currently in 4th place in the Central Division.

In their last game, the Bulls scored 97 points while shooting 38.5% from the field. This is below their season average of 109.5 PPG. DeMar DeRozan is leading the team in scoring with 22.2 PPG, while Coby White is averaging 17.6 PPG.

At present, the Bulls’ defense is ranked 8th, allowing 112.0 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Bulls squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.4% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.6% from downtown.

Can New York Live Up to the Hype at Home?

The Knicks will host the Bulls as 9.5-point favorites. So far, they are 18-15 and sit 8th in the Eastern Conference. Against other teams in the East, the Knicks have gone 13-9 compared to 5-6 in non-conference games.

New York has put together a solid scoring differential of +5.8 PPG at home this season. Their average scoring margin as the favorite for the season is +9.4 points (12-4 ATS record as the favorite).

So far, the Knicks have combined with their opponents to average 228.9 points per game this season. The over/under record in their games is currently 17-15-1, and 27 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 218.5.

Against the spread, New York’s home and overall ATS trends are both positive. They have covered the spread in two straight home games and have an overall ATS record of 18-15. When playing on the road, the Knicks have gone 9-11 ATS for the season.

In their most recent game, the Knicks scored 112 points, which is in line with their season average of 115.2 points per game. Julius Randle was the Knicks’ top scorer vs. the Timberwolves, finishing with 39 points. OG Anunoby also added 17 points.

Coming into the game, the Knicks defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 42.4% of their games. Currently, they are 15th in the NBA at 113.7 points per game allowed. On two point field goal attempts, the Knicks’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 55.4% and allowing 37.5% from beyond the arc.