The New York Knicks will take on the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday at the United Center. Chicago is 4-0 overall and 2-0 at home, while the Knicks are 3-1 overall and 1-0 on the road. The Knicks are coming off a playoff appearance last season, while the Bulls have almost completely reworked their roster in the last 12 months with the additions of Nikola Vucevic, Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan.
The Knicks won and covered in two of their three head-to-head matchups with the Bulls last season, but the new-look Bulls are a perfect 4-0 against the spread this season. Chicago is favored by 1.5 points in the latest Bulls vs. Knicks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 215. Before entering any Knicks vs. Bulls picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Bulls vs. Knicks spread: Bulls -1.5
- Bulls vs. Knicks over-under: 215 points
What you need to know about the Bulls
On Monday, the Bulls narrowly escaped with a win as the squad slid past the Toronto Raptors 111-108. DeRozan and Zach LaVine were among the main playmakers for Chicago as the former had 26 points and six assists and the latter had 22 points and five assists.
Having a pair of wing scorers like that has helped give the Bulls options in late-game scenarios and the Bulls rank 13th in offensive rating (108.0) despite Vucevic shooting just 39.7 percent this year. But it’s been Chicago’s defense that has been most impressive this year. The Bulls rank second in defensive rating (97.8) with Alex Caruso and Javonte Green playing critical roles as disruptors off the bench.
What you need to know about the Knicks
Fournier and Walker have provided perimeter scoring that has complimented Julius Randle well. The guard pair has combined to go 29-for-60 from the 3-point line, while Randle is averaging 25.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. So far this season, 48.4 percent of New York’s field goal attempts have been from beyond the arc and the Bulls will have to defend the perimeter aggressively to mitigate the damage the Knicks do from deep.
How to make Knicks vs. Bulls picks
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