Knicks vs. Bulls Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Feb 01, 2021

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Lauri Markkanen had a team-high 31 points in the Bulls' 123-122 loss to Portland on Sunday.

New York
28-27
AT
February 01, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
22-31
Pointspread +3.5 -110
Moneyline +139
Over / Under o +217.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Pointspread -3.5 -110
Moneyline -166
Over / Under u +217.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

The New York Knicks are heading to Chicago to begin a two-game set with the Bulls at the United Center. With both teams sitting in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings, this is a big opportunity for either team to move closer to a playoff position.

Chicago is a four-point favourite to win on the NBA odds with a total of 218.5.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

New York is a defence-first type of team, so it makes sense the Knicks have hit the Under in eight of their last 11 games and 14 of 21 games, this season.  They have covered the spread in half of their 12 road games and are 10-11 against the spread for the season.

It’s been a tough road for the Bulls at the United Center, this season.  Chicago has won just two of six home games, although they are 16-4 straight up in their last 20 home games against the Knicks.  The Bulls have hit the Over in eight of their last 12 games overall and are 11-7 ATS for the season.  Chicago has covered five times at home, this year.

New York Knicks

Despite a 129-115 loss to the Clippers on Sunday, it looks like the Knicks have finally found a solution to their backcourt problems. RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley combined for 48 points and Julius Randle finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. That offensive production is big for a defensively minded Knicks team that ranks first in average total score against (102. 65), average field goal percentage against (42.59) and average 3-point percentage against (31.35), but last or near last in most major offensive categories.

Randle should be a central part of New York’s game plan on Monday. The Knicks will be up against a Chicago defence that is weak by the rim, so a player like Randle, who likes to get his opportunities by the rim, should be able to make a big impact. Randle leads the Knicks in average points per game (22.4), rebounds per game (11.4) and assists per game (6.0).

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls continue to quickly fall out of the playoff picture after dropping a one-point heartbreaker in a 123-122 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday. Lauri Markkanen finished with 31 points, Zach LaVine had 26 points and Coby White added 20 points in the loss. After missing games in early January due to a calf injury and COVID-19 protocols, Markkanen looks like he is back in top form and is averaging 19.6 points per game. White struggles to be consistent, but is still averaging a healthy 15.5 points per game and leads the Bulls with 5.7 assists per game.

LaVine has clearly been the MVP of the season for Chicago. He averages a team-high 26.9 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists. LaVine also leads the Bulls in steals, averaging 1.3 per game. Going up against the league’s best defence will be tough, so all the Chicago offence should end up running through LaVine.

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