The New York Knicks head to the Windy City to face the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 12, 2019.
As if their troubles aren’t enough, the New York Knicks have lost Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson, and Elfrid Payton to injuries early in the season. The Knicks are 2-8 SU to start the season and their front office is already expressing its disappointment over the team’s performance.
Marcus Morris Sr. is averaging 18.1 points per game to lead the Knicks in scoring. Julius Randle is putting up 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in his first season in New York while rookie R.J. Barrett is off to a good start at 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Knicks.
New York ranks 29th in the NBA in scoring at 99.2 points per game this season. They are 10th in rebounding at 26.7 boards grabbed per contest and 28th in passing at 19.6 assists per game. The Knicks are allowing their opponents to score 109.3 points per game this season.
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The Bulls are also off to a slow start to their 2019-20 NBA campaign as Chicago has won just three out of their first 10 games of the season. The Bulls are currently in 5th place in the Central Division despite star guard Zach LaVine having a fine and season so far.
LaVine is averaging 19.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season. Lauri Markkanen is scoring 14.9 points and grabbing 7.4 rebounds per game this season. Wendell Carter Jr. leads the Bulls in rebounding at 9.5 boards per outing but he is listed as day-to-day with a thumb injury.
Chicago is 25th in the NBA in scoring at 105.4 points per game this season. The Bulls are ranked 27th in rebounding at 24.4 board grabbed per outing and they are 21st in passing at 23.0 assists per game. Chicago is 15th in the league in defensive scoring at 110.0 points per game.
New York is 1-5 SU in their last six games played. The Knicks are 2-14 SU in their last 16 games played on the road. Chicago is 4-15 SU in their last 19 games played. The Bulls are 1-3 SU in their last four home games played. Head to head, the Bulls are 4-1 SU in their last five games played against the Knicks. Chicago is also 15-4 SU in their last 19 home games played against the Knicks.
These are two struggling teams right now with New York winning just two of 10 games played this season and Chicago winners of three out of 10 games played so far. The Knicks are the NBA betting underdogs here but they own an October 28 win over the Bulls which was their first win of the season.
President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry have expressed their disappointment on the team’s 2-8 SU start which may mean that David Fizdale is on the hot seat. How this affects the Knicks here will be interesting to see. New York is coming off a 19-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
The Bulls have lost three out of their last four games and have been without Otto Porter’s 11.2 point scoring average in their last two games. Porter is dealing with a sprained left foot and has been ruled out of this contest. With Porter out, second-year player Chandler Hutchinson is expected to make his second start.
Bobby Portis scored 28 points for the Knicks in their previous encounter. He is expected to be ready to beat his old team again. R.J. Barrett is looking for a bounce-back game but so are Zach Lavine and Lauri Markkanen. The Knicks have lost four of five on the road this season. Add this one to that record.
Prediction: Bulls -225
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The Knicks are 2-4 ATS in their last six games played. New York is 4-2 ATS in their last six games played on the road and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games against the Central Division. The Bulls are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games played. Chicago is 2-2 ATS in four home games played this year and 1-8 ATS in their last nine games played against the Eastern Conference. Head to head, the Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Bulls.
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The Knicks have outscored the Bulls by 5.5 points per game in their last 10 meetings and by 8.33 points per game in their previous three encounters. Chicago will be without Otto Porter Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. is still listed as day to day for this contest. But the Knicks are also missing Dennis Smith Jr., Mitchell Robinson, and Elfrid Payton Jr. New York hasn’t been able to score enough points to win games this season. That should be the problem here again.
Prediction: Bulls -5.5
The total has gone under in eight out of the last nine games played by the Knicks and also under in nine out of their last ten games against the Eastern Conference. The over is 4-2 in New York’s six road games played this season. The total has gone under in five out of the nine games played by the Bulls this season. The under is 4-1 in Chicago’s last five games against the Atlantic Division and the under is 11-5 in the Bulls’ last 16 November games.
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These teams have combined to score 214.6 points per game in their last 10 games played and 201.0 points in their last three head to head meetings. The Knicks are next to last in the league when it comes to scoring and they are one of only two teams this season not to average at least 100 points per game. The Bulls are better but not by much at just 25th in the entire NBA at 105.4 points per game this season. The injuries to Otto Porter Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. will also impact the scoring production in this game.
Prediction: Under 213