NBA Betting – NY Knicks vs Chicago Bulls
- Updated: March 2, 2014
It’s a pretty good time right now for the Chicago Bulls, who have had to put the injury to Derrick Rose behind them and are now playing like they are ready to take full command of the #3 spot in the Eastern Conference. On Sunday they will play host to the New York Knicks, who are looking like they are moving further and further away from any hope for the post-season, in NBA betting action that is slated to tip off at 1 PM ET at the United Center in Chicago.
The Bulls, at 32-26 straight-up, are tied for the third spot in the East with the Toronto Raptors. They vaulted over the .500 mark when it comes to beating the basketball pointspread (29-28). The Knicks are just lousy all the way around, with a straight-up record of 21-38 and a mark of 24-35 against the number. They trail the Atlanta Hawks by six games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
VietBet customers don’t have to look too far to realize that if there is any game where the teams are going in opposite directions, it’s this one. Chicago has been a winner of eight out of its last nine games, both straight-up and against the NBA odds. The Knicks are in quicksand, having lost eleven of their last 13 and compiling a 4-9 pointspread ledger during that stretch.
For the season, New York has allowed its opponents to shoot 46.3% from the field. In eight of their last nine games, however, the Knicks have surrendered a higher percentage than that. They have been torched by good teams (60.8% by Miami, 54.8% by Oklahoma City) and bad teams (49.5% by Orlando) alike. This is galling to coach Mike Woodson, who was the guy who brought a more defensive mindset with him when he came on board. New York’s ineptitude on the stop end puts them into contrast with the Bulls, who have allowed their foes 93 points per game on 43% shooting.
Woodson may not be around long enough to stay mad from the bench. VietBet patrons who follow New York sports and the media in the Big Apple know that the scrutiny is tremendous, and ownership may not be able to deal with it too much longer. Somewhere along the way a change has to made, and it may come before the end of the regular season.
There is also the issue of Carmelo Anthony, and whether he will stay or go, as he can opt out of his contract this summer. Anthony (listed as probable with a hand injury) has reportedly been despondent about the team’s fortunes and unhappy about the fact that a bold move was not made before the trade deadline, but perhaps what he (and some NBA bettors) may not consider enough is that his presence, with dominance of the ball, may be part of the problem in New York. After all, how many championships has ‘Melo gotten any of his teams close to?
Meanwhile, Chicago has been looking like a cohesive unit under Tom Thibodeau, who is making another convincing argument for a coach of the year award. Missing Rose, he has plugged DJ Augustin, signed after being on waivers, into the lineup and adapted. Taj Gibson, who had 20 points and 15 rebounds against Dallas in Friday night’s 100-91 victory, has been an invaluable member of the frontcourt rotation, along with rebounding machine Joakim Noah. The Bulls, who have played 19 of their 27 home games under the total as it is posted in the NBA betting odds at VietBet, are now going to see what they can get out of former college legend Jimmer Fredette, who was bought out of his contract in Sacramento.
Maybe the Knicks have hit rock bottom; maybe not. But let’s use some perspective here – this past Wednesday night the Bulls held Golden State to just 83 points on the evening (on 35.7% shooting). Two nights ago the Warriors tallied 73 points in the FIRST HALF at Madison Square Garden. This came just one night after the Miami Heat made six out of every ten shots against Woodson’s defenseless crew. And the Knicks have hit just 37.6% over these last two games.
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