New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks invade Chicago on Thursday going for their 14th straight win. The Knicks are -3.5 point favorites over the Bulls with an over/under point total set at 190.
Head to head, the Knicks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings while the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, but just 12-27 ATS in their last 39 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Knicks on the other hand are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games and 17-4 ATS in their last 21 games overall
Before we get to New York, lets touch on Chicago’s ineptitude to cover the spread at home this season. With the Bulls recent loss to Toronto on Tuesday and their close encounters with Orlando and Detroit, they are now just an abysmal 12-27 against the spread at the United Center this season, which is easily the worst mark in the league. Admittedly, Chicago has been hit hard by injuries lately, but they have struggled to cover the spread all season long when it comes to playing in front of their home crowd for whatever reason.
The Knicks come into tonight’s game winners of 13 straight games and they have the hottest player in the league in Carmelo Anthony, who recently went past Kevin Durant as the leagues leading scorer. What’s more impressive than New York’s recent win streak has to be their against the spread stats, which are just off the charts. The Knicks are a perfect 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games and they have covered in 17 of their last 21 games just to name a few.
I’m really quite shocked there is a line out for this game considering all of the players that are questionable for tonight’s game. While Joakim Noah has been ruled out, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson status’s are still up in the air. For New York, they virtually have every front court player missing, headlined by Tyson Chandler who is dealing with a bulging disc in his neck.
I just can’t take Chicago here given how bad they have been at covering the number at home this season. While New York is really thin up front, that didn’t matter when they torched the Wizards on Tuesday for 120 points, which included a whopping 20 made three-pointers. The Bulls have it in them and this almost seems to easy, but I ain’t betting against Carmelo Anthony right now.
New York Knicks -3.5 Chicago Bulls