New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls: A Classic Eastern Conference Clash

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated December 14, 2022
4 min read
  • The New York Knicks enter this game off the back of four straight wins.
  • The Chicago Bulls lost their most recent game by just one point in overtime.
  • The Knicks and Bulls split last year's regular season series, 2-2.

New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls Predictions and Picks

The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls face off in a classic Eastern Conference clash. Now sixth in the East, the Knicks have a 14-13 record with a 7-6 road record. The Bulls have fallen to 11th in the East with an 11-15 record, but are a positive 7-5 record at home.

With a four-game winning streak and a 6-4 record over their last 10 games, the New York Knicks are now sixth in the Eastern Conference. The Chicago Bulls have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games, but are coming off of a loss when they host the Knicks.

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Knicks vs Bulls Predictions

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

New York Knicks
Head-to-HeadChicago Bulls
Tom ThibodeauHead CoachBilly Donovan
14-13 (6th in East)Standing11-15 (11th in East)
W-W-W-WFormL-W-W-L
113.0 (14th of 30)Off Rtg111.4 (20th of 30)
112.1 (9th of 30)Def Rtg111.3 (8th of 30)
99.6 (13th of 30)Pace100.9 (7th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Randle (22.3)PPGD. DeRozan (26.0)
J. Randle (8.7)RPGN. Vucevic (10.7)
J. Brunson (6.3)APGD. DeRozan (4.8)
J. Brunson (1.1)SPGA. Caruso (1.5)
M. Robinson (1.9)BPGP. Williams (1.0)
J. Sims (.761)/J. Randle (7.5)FG%/FGMJ. Green (.584)/D. DeRozan (9.2)
O. Toppin (.351)/J. Randle (2.4)3P%/3PMP. Williams (.436)/Z. LaVine (2.8)

Injury Report

PlayerTeamDateStatusInfo
Obi ToppinNew York Knicks08 Dec 2022Out (Knee)Toppin will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.
Ryan ArcidiaconoNew York Knicks 12 Dec 2022Day to Day (Ankle)Arcidiacono was OUT for New York's Sunday (Dec 11) game.
Lonzo BallChicago Bulls29 Sep 2022Out (Knee)Ball is expected to miss a few months, there's no timetable for his return.
Alex CarusoChicago Bulls12 Dec 2022Day to Day (Back)Caruso was OUT for Chicago's Sunday (Dec 11) game.

Moneyline: New York Knicks (+145) @ Unibet NJ

The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls face off in what will be the first game of a back-to-back at United Center. The New York Knicks have been surging as of late, winning four of their last five games. The Chicago Bulls on the other hand have been inconsistent, winning just two of their last five games.

Over the course of their last five matches, New York have been holding their opponents to 40.0% shooting from the field and just 27.4% from three-point range. Chicago have actually been shooting an average of 50.2% from the field over their last five games, but just 39.7% from three-point range. The Bulls' three-point shooting has been their downfall, having shot sub-33.0% from deep in their three most recent losses.

The New York Knicks seem to have hit their stride while the Bulls can't get back on track. Given the Knicks' strength behind the production of Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle, the Chicago Bulls don't project to fare well in this matchup. Expect the grittiness of the Knicks' offense to help them overcome a shorthanded and struggling Bulls team.

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Neither the New York Knicks nor the Chicago Bulls could be called one of the strongest scoring teams in the NBA, nor would you call them great defensive teams. Without any major injuries, at least not any they haven't dealt with already through this season, these teams are expected to put on a scoring show. When they face off on Wednesday night their two-way performance suggests they'll comfortably clear 224.5.

On the season, the New York Knicks are averaging 113.8 points per game, allowing 112.9 points per game, and own an average differential of +0.9. The Chicago Bulls average 113.3 points per game and are actually allowing 113.3 points per game as well. On average alone, these two teams should clear 224.5.

Over their last five games, the Bulls have scored 118.6 points per game while allowing 115.6 points. The Knicks on the other hand have slowed the pace, averaging just 107.6 points per game over their last five while allowing just 98.4 points per game. Take into account that the Knicks averaged just 96.0 points in their first two games of their last five-game run, versus 115.3 in their last three.

How to Watch New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls

  • Who: New York Knicks & Chicago Bulls
  • Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
  • When: 7:30 PM EST, Wednesday, December 14, 2022
  • How to Watch: ESPN, NBA League Pass (Stream)
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