|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Chicago Bulls' last two games of the regular season see them taking on two of the top teams coming out of the New England region.
Tuesday night, they play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, and then host the New Jersey Nets at the United Center on Wednesday night. Both the Bulls and the Knicks are on impressive win streaks right now, but only one will continue after tonight.
Chicago is ending a three-game stretch away from home with tonight's matchup, and they have won six in a row away from the United Center. The Bulls are a strong team on the road at 25-15, but not nearly as strong as they are in front of their home crowd. If there is a somewhat weak point in Chicago's game, it is winning overwhelmingly on the road. So it's a good thing they have home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Knicks, after faltering and fumbling around for a while, are finally getting things together at the right time. New York is currently sixth in the Eastern Conference and have won seven games in a row. But two of their biggest challenges of the season are their last two games. This one against the Bulls will not be easy, and then they go back-to-back on Wednesday against the Celtics in Boston.
Amazingly, considering how well the Bulls have beaten up on the best teams in the Eastern Conference so far this season, they have not beaten the Knicks yet. In fact, New York is up on the season series two games to nothing. Chicago is actually in danger of being swept in the regular season by the Knicks, which has not happened since the 1999-2000 season.
So the Bulls still have something to prove to their fans, the league, and themselves. The last meeting between the two teams was on Christmas 2010, when Joakim Noah sat out for Chicago's 103-95 loss in New York. The first game of the season series was on November 3, where Carlos Boozer was out for that 120-112 loss in Chicago.
Tonight's game will be the first to feature the Bulls at full strength, and the New York Knicks with their newest star Carmelo Anthony. The sportsbook lists the Bulls as the 7.5 point favorites to finally pull out a win against the Knicks. The total is set at 204.