|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NBAWhile the Bulls have consistently played an outstanding defense under head coach Tom Thibodeau, they regularly find difficulty in scoring points and making shots. Their strength on the boards allows them second and 3rd chance opportunities, which turns a lot of weak shooting evenings into wins. But last night against the 76ers, the Chicago Bulls struggled on offense and defense.
The 76ers gave the Chicago Bulls their 3rd loss in 5 competitions, defeating them 98-82 and now the Chicago Bulls proceed to New York to play the New York Knicks. With Carmelo Anthony back on the floor, the New York Knicks are destined to be increasing in strength. In this first game back, the Knicks demolished the Detroit Pistons 113-86, which trailed behind New York dropping nine from their last ten matches. Check the Basketball Odds for the Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks game.
But the Pistons aren't precisely a test for the New York Knicks. The real difficulty comes tonight when they've got to confront the Chicago Bulls, even if Chicago is somewhat hurt. The Chicago Bulls will be lacking starter Richard Hamilton, who is out for an extended period of time. Nonetheless, Luol Deng is likely to make a comeback tonight versus the Knicks after missing 6 matches.
The Chicago Bulls will be hoping to stay away from their first consecutive loss since the 2010-2011 standard season, particularly after being defeated into the double digits by the 76ers. Chicago still leads the Eastern Conference at 18-6 and have an impressive 9-5 record on the road. The Knicks, in their first real season with Carmelo Anthony, have encountered some injuries here and there and are struggling with an 8-13 record. They're 4-6 at home.
NBA prospects guess a fairly near game, as the return of Anthony and Deng make calling this one tricky. The sports book is giving the advantage to the Chicago Bulls, listing them as 3 point favorites. The total is established at 190. The Chicago Bulls generally play fairly well vs. the New York Knicks, with Chicago coming out ahead 103-90 in their last meeting on April 12, 2011.
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