Knicks vs. Bulls Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Andrew Rogers | Updated Feb 03, 2021

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Lauri Markkanen, who has shifted from power forward to centre for extended periods, erupted for 30 points last time out.

New York
28-27
AT
February 03, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
22-31
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline -103
Over / Under o +218

33%

Betting Action

67%

Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -117
Over / Under u +218

33%

Betting Action

67%

They’ve taken different paths to get there, but both the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls find themselves on the periphery of the Eastern Conference playoff race as they tangle Wednesday night at United Center. The Bulls have had no trouble filling the basket, but can’t seem to slow anyone down as they sit a game back of eighth place in the East. And they’re slight home faves against a New York team that boasts an impressive defence, but a toothless offence.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Chicago is a two-point favourite two days after halting a three-game losing skid with a 110-102 victory over the Knicks – and Sports Interaction bettors are mostly on board Wednesday, with 61 percent taking the home team to cover. The Bulls are a sizzling 12-5 against the spread in their last 17 games, but have won just three of their last nine at United Center. The Knicks have only two covers in their last six games, but are 4-2 ATS in their past six visits to Chicago.

Between Chicago’s high-pace offence and the Knicks’ plodding attack, oddsmakers split the difference in Game 1 with a total of 217 (the teams finished five points below the number). Wednesday’s total is one point lower, and Sports Interaction bettors are expecting more fireworks this time around, with nearly three-quarters siding with the Over. New York is 14-5 to the Under in its last 19 games, while Chicago is 3-7 O/U in its past 10 vs. East foes.

New York Knicks

In the modern iteration of the NBA, you can’t win if you don’t make 3-pointers – and that might explain, in part, why the Knicks are struggling to open the season. New York enters Wednesday ranked 26th in the 30-team league in 3-point success rate at 34.1 percent, and shot a dismal 20.7 percent from long range in Monday’s defeat. The Knicks have shot just 30.2 percent from deep in their 13 losses, compared to 41.2 percent in their nine victories.

Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have had to get creative after losing center Wendell Carter Jr. to a quad injury that will keep him out of action for the next 4-6 weeks. So far, the results have been overwhelmingly positive: Lauri Markkanen, who has shifted from power forward to centre for extended periods, erupted for 30 points last time out while reserve big man Thaddeus Young has averaged 12.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 9.3 assists in his past three games.

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