Bulls vs NY Knicks Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • Second in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls have won six of their last ten games.
  • The Knicks have been tumbling down the Eastern Conference table, now 11-10 having lost six of their last ten games.
  • The Knicks and Bulls have already split two games this season.

Bulls vs Knicks Odds

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Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Chicago Bulls -2 (-110)
O 214 (-110)
New York Knicks +2 (-110)
U 214 (-110)

Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks Predictions and Picks

The Knicks are coming off of a hard-fought game against the Eastern Conference leaders, although it was a loss. They have the offensive power to keep up, but their late-game defensive ability will hurt them against the Bulls.


Chicago Bulls def. New York Knicks (-130)

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Bulls vs Knicks

Head-to-Head: Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks

Chicago Bulls Head-to-Head New York Knicks
Billy Donovan Head Coach Tom Thibodeau
14-8 (2nd in East) Standing 11-10 (7th in East)
W-L-W-L Form L-W-L-W
110.7 (9th of 30) Off Rtg 108.8 (14th of 30)
106.1 (8th of 30) Def Rtg 108.7 (19th of 30)
98.6 (15th of 30) Pace 96.9 (23rd of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

D. DeRozan (25.9) PPG J. Randle (19.4)
N. Vucevic (11.2) RPG J. Randle (10.1)
L. Ball (4.8) APG J. Randle (5.1)
A. Caruso (2.2) SPG A. Burks, N. Noel, K. Walker (1.1)
N. Vucevic (1.1) BPG M. Robinson (1.5)
D. Jones Jr. (.603)/Z. LaVine (9.4) FG%/FGM M. Robinson (.797)/J. Randle (7.0)
L. Ball (.444)/L. Ball (3.0) 3P%/3PM A. Burks (.446)/E. Fournier (2.6)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Patrick Williams Chicago Bulls 29 Oct 2021 Out (Left Wrist) Williams is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with a dislocated wrist.
RJ Barrett New York Knicks 30 Nov 2021 Day to Day (Illness) Barrett left New York’s Tuesday (Nov 30) game due to illness and did not return.

How can the Bulls beat the Knicks?

The Chicago Bulls are coming up against a rather offense-oriented team. While the Bulls like to focus on limiting opponents in the paint, it is New York’s three-point threat that should concern Chicago.

While New York have slowed down their three-point shooting pace as of late, they are still in the top ten in both three-point field goals made and conversion rate per game. The Bulls on the other hand would rather protect the paint, ranking in the bottom third of the three-point field goal percentage allowed.

The Bulls have a solid collection of wing defenders to chase around New York’s shooters. They can’t let New York’s perimeter threat take attention away from star scorers Randle and Barrett though.

Bulls Key Player: (C) Nikola Vucevic

The Chicago Bulls were dominant in their last victory, a win over the Charlotte Hornets. While their wing trio obviously starred, it was big man Nikola Vucevic who was completely dominant on the night.

Vucevic is one of the league’s most well rounded big men. He is coming off of a night where he posted 30 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks. He was also on fire from three, hitting all 6 of his three-point attempts.

Chicago’s multiple-time All-Star at the center position is a nightmare matchup for defenders. Against New York’s paint-biased big men, Vucevic’s shooting can be the difference maker for the Bulls.

How can the Knicks beat the Bulls?

The New York Knicks have a large task ahead of them when they face off against the Chicago Bulls. To take one from one of the NBA’s stronger defensive teams, New York must improve their usually stagnant offence.

The Knicks are currently in the bottom third in terms of assists per game, while the Bulls hold their opponents to the second lowest assist average in the league.

Tom Thibodeau already took precautions around the Knicks’ lack of ball movement by removing Kemba Walker from the lineup. Their assist average hasn’t improved significantly since the change, but the improvement in pace should help the Knicks.

Knicks Key Player: (G) Alec Burks

Alec Burks has performed admirably since Tom Thibodeau benched perennial All-Star Kemba Walker. Burks may not be a household name, but his last two appearances suggest that he is deserving of the promotion.

In his last two games, both starts, Burks has averaged 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals on 42.1% shooting from the field and 47.1% from three-point range.

Burks has shown himself to be an excellent tertiary scoring threat for the Knicks. If he can continue his production against the defensively adept Bulls, his outlook with the starting lineup is quite promising.

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Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks Information
Teams Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
Location Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Time 7:30 PM EST, December 2nd, 2021
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