New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/10/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Porzingis cut it to 120-119 with a three-pointer with 7.5 seconds remaining. Back on December 12th, the Bulls were able to hold off a late NY charge to post an exciting 104-102 victory.

The Chicago Bulls have been in a slump as they've lost five of their last six games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after falling to the Rockets in a 116-107 home loss on Monday. The Knicks rebounded and called time with 4.8 seconds left. Games including the Bulls tend to finish over the total (56.1 percent). Bryan doesn't hold any punches when discussing the Knickerbockers, and with strong ties to the MI basketball program, he was the flawless person to talk to about a potential Tim Hardaway Jr. He posted a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and two steals on 8-of-13 shooting, including 10 points between the fourth quarter and the two overtime periods alone. But when they take the home hardwood it has been a completely different story as so far they have compiled an impressive 15-7 mark at the Garden. NY then selected Frank Ntilikina, leaving Smith on the board for the Mavericks at No. 9. Porzingis scored 24, including critical block of a Markkanen layup attempt late in regulation and a game-tying dunk at the buzzer of the first overtime, but it was a night on which the Latvian's Finnish rival would again not only prevail but open even more eyes in the game's largest American market. Porzingis then cut the Bulls lead to one point with 7.3 seconds left with a three coming out of the NY timeout. For the Knicks, Michael Beasley missed the last game with a sprained ankle and is questionable tonight. Part of that equation is Tim Hardaway Jr.'s absence and the Knicks point guards not being prolific 3-point shooters (or being able to draw the D and kick out for open 3s), but the other part is the coaching.

The Knicks rank ninth in points in the paint per game (46.8) while the Bulls rank 27th (40.4).

NY ranks fifth in rebounds allowed per game (41.3) while Chicago ranks 27th (45.5). The under is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings in NY.

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Hawks 110, Nuggets 97: Dennis Schroder had 19 points and 10 assists, Taurean Prince scored 16 and Atlanta, with the worst record in the National Basketball Association, beat Denver to end a 10-game road losing streak.

After the game, the Daily News understandably focused on the New York Knicks having scouted Markkanen ahead of last year's draft.

Injury Report: Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic missed the last game with a virus and is questionable tonight.

During their last five games, the Knicks have scored an average of 100.4 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 105.4 points per game (1.5 above their season average).

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