The New York Knicks are now sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference after hitting a rough patch as they deal with some injuries but they look to turn things around when they head to Chicago to take on the Bulls in this Friday night showdown. This game will continue our NBA odds series as we hand out a Knicks-Bulls prediction and pick.

New York (45-31) heads to the Windy City for a Friday night showdown with the Bulls. New York aims to get back on track as they make this playoff push, fueled by the dynamic duo of Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo. The Bulls, always tough at home, look to DeMar DeRozan's veteran scoring punch to halt the Knicks. Expect a battle of offensive execution, can the Knicks' balanced attack outpace the Bulls' iso-heavy style? The defense will be key, with both teams vying for stops to shift the tide of this Eastern Conference clash.

Chicago (36-40) gets rocking Friday night as the Bulls host the slumping New York Knicks. Chicago needs a bounce-back performance after recent struggles, relying on the scoring prowess of DeMar DeRozan and Coby White to ignite the offense. Defensively, the Bulls must contain the red-hot Jalen Brunson and Dante DiVincenzo. This Eastern Conference matchup has playoff-seeding implications, can the Bulls protect their homecourt and halt the Knicks' momentum? Expect a high-energy battle with both teams hungry for a statement win.

Here are the NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuel. 

NBA Odds: Knicks-Bulls Odds

New York Knicks: +1 (-112)

Moneyline: -104

Chicago Bulls: -1 (-108)

Moneyline: -112

Over: 210.5 (-110)

Under: 210.5 (-110)

How to Watch Knicks vs. Bulls

Time: 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT

TV: MSG, NBA League Pass

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Why The Knicks Could Cover The Spread/Win

The New York Knicks head to the United Center on Tuesday night with a mission, toppling the Chicago Bulls on their home court. While a road win against a gritty Bulls squad is never a given, the Knicks hold the edge in this matchup.

The Knicks' offensive firepower has been undeniable. Jalen Brunson's steady hand at point guard and Donte DiVincenzo's relentless scoring punch form a dynamic duo that keeps defenses scrambling. Add in Josh Hart's streaky shooting and the surprise contributions of Bojan Bogdanovic, and the Knicks have multiple weapons to deploy. Chicago's defense, though respectable, often struggles to contain multi-faceted scoring attacks.

The Knicks have found their rhythm under Tom Thibodeau. Their hard-nosed defense, once inconsistent, has tightened up. Mitchell Robinson's rim protection has been crucial, and Precious Achiuwa has emerged as a lockdown perimeter defender. This renewed defensive intensity will be crucial against a Bulls team that thrives on the mid-range artistry of DeMar DeRozan.

Beyond their core strengths, the Knicks possess an X-factor in their bench. Mitchell Robinson's rebounding and energy provide a spark, while Miles McBride's pesky defense can disrupt opposing guards. This depth gives New York an advantage in a potential battle of attrition, especially if the Bulls' stars start to log heavy minutes.

However, no victory is guaranteed on the road. Chicago boasts a talented scorer in Coby White alongside DeRozan, and their home crowd is always a force. The Knicks will need to avoid their tendency towards sloppy turnovers and match the Bulls' physicality on the boards.

Why The Bulls Could Cover The Spread/Win

The Chicago Bulls are gearing up for a pivotal home game against the New York Knicks this Tuesday. Despite facing challenges throughout the season, the Bulls have unique advantages that could tip the scales in their favor for this matchup.

Playing at home at the United Center provides the Bulls with a significant boost. Home-court advantage cannot be underestimated, especially in a high-stakes game like this one. The Bulls have historically performed better at home, drawing energy from their passionate fan base which is where they play their best ball with a 19-20 home record.

The Bulls have shown resilience and the ability to bounce back from adversity. Despite injuries to key players like Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic, the team has depth and talent in players like DeMar DeRozan and Coby White, who are capable of stepping up in crucial moments. DeRozan, in particular, has been in stellar form, showcasing his ability to take over games with his scoring and leadership.

The Bulls' defense has been tightening up, with recent games displaying a marked improvement in their ability to limit opponents' scoring. This defensive uptick is timely, as the Knicks rely heavily on the offensive contributions of DiVincenzo and Brunson. If the Bulls can disrupt the Knicks' offensive flow, they stand a good chance of controlling the game and getting themselves back into the win column.

Final Knicks-Bulls Prediction & Pick

The Knicks and Bulls are still fighting for seeding in the playoffs and will be looking to get a big win in this Friday night showdown. Suppose the Knicks can execute their game plan, limit Chicago's star power, and capitalize on their own scoring versatility. In that case, they have a strong chance of silencing the United Center crowd securing a crucial road victory, and covering the spread.

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Final Knicks-Bulls Prediction & Pick: New York Knicks +1 (-110), Under 210.5 (-110)