Bulls vs. Knicks prediction, odds, pick and more – 12/2/21
The Bulls and Knicks will square off on Thursday as each team will look to get back on the right track. Chicago and New York have both lost three of their last five games despite looking like Eastern Conference playoff teams out of the gates this season. The Bulls have been better of late as they have won two of their last three, and they come in as narrow favorites over the Knicks on Thursday.
Here are the Bulls-Knicks odds for this Thursday NBA matchup, courtesy of FanDuel.
NBA Odds: Bulls-Knicks odds
Chicago Bulls -2 (-110)
New York Knicks +2 (-110)
Over 211.5 (-110)
Under 211.5 (-110)
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Why The Bulls Can Cover The Spread
Chicago has been a good road team this season, as they possess a 7-4 record away from home. The Bulls are led by Zach LaVine and Demar DeRozan, who combine to score over 50 points per game. Lonzo Ball has been a steadying force at point guard, allowing the wings to focus on attacking. If the Bulls want to pick up a win on Thursday, they will need to deal with Julius Randle inside, however. The Bulls are little suspect inside defensively, so they will have a challenge on their hands. Still, the Bulls have been the better team between these two so far this season, so backing them to cover and win on Thursday is very reasonable.
Chicago is 14-8 vs. the spread this season. They are the better team and should be able to win and cover vs. the struggling Knicks on Thursday.
Why The Knicks Cover The Spread
The Knicks have struggled so much defensively this season that they elected to remove veteran guard Kemba Walker from the rotation entirely. New York is just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and 5-6 overall on their home floor this season. They have struggled to find the right mix, but still sit just 1.5 games behind the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks sit as slight underdogs at home, and home dogs are always appealing. Still, the Knicks have struggled of late and may be worth fading at home vs. what has been a better Bulls team.
The Knicks are 10-11 against the spread so far this season. Being home with points is always nice, so if you like the matchup, maybe the Knicks aren’t a horrible play. New York is due to wake up at home, where they are still under .500 for the season.
Final Bulls-Knicks Prediction & Pick
This might be a close out, but take the Bulls to win and cover over the Knicks on Thursday. Chicago has been the better team this season, especially of late, and should be able to handle business in the Garden. The Knicks are still trying to find themselves, still tweaking their rotations over 20 games into the season. The Bulls are the more solid team on both ends of the floor at the moment, and they should be able to cover a slim spread with a win over the Knicks despite being on the road. The Knicks have been a below average team at home so far this season and the Bulls will look to take advantage of that.
FINAL BULLS-KNICKS PREDICTION & PICK: Bulls -2 (-110)