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2021 NBA Handicapping
(3-1) New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls (4-0)
Date: Thursday, October 28th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Knicks + 101 | Bulls – 121(Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Knicks +1.5 | Bulls -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
This matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams opened with Chicago as -2 point favorites. Since then, the line has moved slightly in favor of New York. The over-under has dropped by one point from 215.5 to 214.5.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are coming off a season in which they improved drastically. Even though they fell to the Atlanta Hawks in last year’s playoffs, the season was considered a success as they announced their presence as an up-and-coming team in the East.
New York prefers to play a slower-paced style of basketball, finishing last in the NBA in possessions per game. When they square off with teams looking to play faster than themselves, they win 46% of their games.
Defensively, the Knicks boast one of the NBA’s top units. In contests vs. teams similar to the Bulls, New York holds opponents to three points per possession fewer than expected. This translates to a win percentage of 43%. On average, they lose these games by three points.
On offense, New York is one of the league’s least efficient offensive teams. However, in tonight’s game, I expect them to have an above-average performance against Chicago’s defense. The Knicks win 61% of their games vs opponents near the league average in defensive efficiency.
This season the Chicago Bulls have transitioned to becoming one of the faster-paced teams in the NBA. This style of play clashes with how the Knicks hope games to play out. Historically, when the Bulls play teams trying to limit possessions, they get slowed down as well. On average, they win 42% of these games.
The Chicago Bulls are near the league average in terms of defensive efficiency. When they play teams similar to the Knicks, they win 52% of the time. Against the Bulls, opponents are scoring above their usual output.
So far, Chicago has made the biggest leap in improving their team’s offense. Last season, the Bulls were just an average unit. This year the team has been extremely efficient in scoring the ball. Even though the Knicks are one of the NBA’s best defensive teams, I expect Chicago to have a good night on offense.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
- New York is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Chicago
- Chicago is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Free New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
This game figures to be a good test for both teams in how they stack up in the East. So far, The Bulls’ offseason moves have payed out as they hoped. However, two of their first four games came against Detroit. Therefore, it will be good to see how they play against a physical Knicks team.
In tonight’s game, I recommend, taking the Bulls to cover the spread of -1.5. Offensively, Chicago has too many weapons for the Knicks to defend. DeMar DeRozan appears to be thriving in his role with the team., Nikola Vucevic has also been a seamless fit, providing Chicago with a scoring option inside previously unknown.
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