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In tonight’s intraconference battle, the Chicago Bulls (14-8) are facing off versus the New York Knicks (11-10) at Madison Square Garden. Can Julius Randle and the unpredictable Knicks upset the Bulls in the Big Apple?

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Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks news

Leading into tonight’s Eastern Conference contest, the Bulls are 14-8 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, whereas the Knicks are 10-11 against the spread. This thriller in New York airs live at 7:30 p.m. ET via MSG Network, NBA League Pass, NBA TV, NBC Sports Chicago and MSG+. Retrieved from Land of Basketball’s database, these two contenders have played 237 regular season games all-time against one another. Overall, Chicago is 125-112 versus New York. However, the Knicks are 7-3 against the Bulls in their past 10 head-to-head meetings. On Nov. 21, 2021, Chicago won 109-103.

There are two top stories involving the Bulls. Yesterday, the league office informed media reporters that two teams violated free agency rules via tampering. Per sources, the Bulls and Heat are the teams expected to surrender their future second-round draft picks. Switching gears, Chicago’s point guard, Coby White, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday morning. He is expected to miss multiple games. Through nine games played this season, White is averaging 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks betting lines and odds

NBA Betting Picks: Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks preview, picks and prediction

Sportsbook: BetUS

Over/Under: 211.5

Point spread: Bulls -2  (-110)

Best moneyline: Bulls -190, Knicks +180

Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks injury report

Bulls: SG Zach LaVine (probable) | PG Coby White (out) | PF Patrick Williams (out for the season)

Knicks: SF RJ Barrett (questionable)

Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks preview

Moreover, in the Bulls’ 133-119 win over the Hornets on Monday, center Nikola Vucevic added another double-double to his career total, finishing with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 35 minutes on the court. Forward DeMar DeRozan contributed 28 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 34 minutes of action as well. By the end of this contest, the Bulls outscored the Hornets 56 to 44 in the paint.

On top of the Bulls closing out their performance with 41 rebounds, they shot 53-for-89 (59.6%) from the field and 14-for-30 (46.7%) from behind the arc. To start the second half, Chicago outscored Charlotte 35 to 27, but the team almost allowed a comeback in the fourth quarter. The Bulls have won six out of their last 10 games, and they are 7-4 at home, 7-4 away and 7-4 ATS on the road this season.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, in the Knicks’ 112-110 road loss against the Nets, guard Alec Burks ended his night with 25 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 39 minutes played. Forward Julius Randle had 24 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists in 40 minutes spent on the court, too. Statistically, the Knicks played a better game than the Nets.

New York shot 44-for-91 (48.4%) from the floor and 11-for-32 (34.4%) from three-point range. The Nets just scored more points during crunch time. After this loss, the Knicks are 6-4 away, 5-6 at home and 4-7 ATS at home this season. They have won four out of their past 10 games.

Projected starting lineup

Bulls: PG Lonzo Ball | SG Zach LaVine | SF DeMar DeRozan | PF Javonte Green | C Nikola Vucevic

Knicks: PG Alec Burks| SG Evan Fournier | SF RJ Barrett | PF Julius Randle | C Mitchell Robinson

Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks prediction

Additionally, the total for tonight’s Eastern Conference matchup is set at 211.5. According to the spread consensus, 59% of gamblers are predicting the Bulls will cover the spread at Madison Square Garden. Regarding the point total consensus, 65% of bettors are hoping the total will go over 211.5. At the present time, Chicago is 10-4 as a favorite, 4-4 as an underdog and 7-4 ATS away, whereas New York is 8-6 as a favorite, 3-4 as an underdog and 4-7 ATS at home.

For helpful betting trends, the Bulls are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 performances. The total has gone under in 13 of the team’s previous 19 games against Eastern Conference opponents. Plus, Chicago is 3-7 straight up in the team’s past 10 contests versus New York. Next, the total has gone under in 11 of their last 14 games versus Atlantic Division opponents, and they are 2-4 SU in their past six matches played in December.

As for the Knicks, they are 5-1 ATS in their previous six performances this season. To add to these betting trends, the total has gone under in nine of their last 11 games this season. Also, the total has gone under in five of New York’s prior five matches against Chicago. Lastly, the Knicks are 7-13 SU in their previous 20 games played in December. In short, the Bulls are the superior option. Pick them to win and cover the spread.

Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks betting pick

Pick the Bulls to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 211.5. Chicago is a two-point favorite with BetUS.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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