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Bulls open as NBA underdog vs Knicks

Chicago BullsNew York Knicks
Jan 11, 8:00 PM | Madison Square Garden

Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks Odds

19-14TEAM RECORD23-12

The visiting Bulls hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks.

The Knicks sit at 23-12 (19-16 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Bulls are currently 19-14 (12-21 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? New York is 19-14-2 OU, and Chicago is 13-20 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
New York opened as 5.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 191.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Knicks - Bulls odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to power ranks. New York is rated No. 17 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Bulls sit at No. 9. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 101-97 win for the Knicks.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 26-rated squad against Chicago's No. 9-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 1 in the league with 11.2 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 30 with 4.7 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bulls own the league's No. 3-rated mark, allowing 93.8 points per game when playing on the road. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring on their home court.

Chicago was a 104-96 loser in its last match at home against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 200 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Carlos Boozer poured in 22 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Chicago on Wednesday, as the Bucks rolled to a 104-96 victory over Chicago at United Center.

New York lost its last outing, an 81-76 result against the Pacers on January 10. The Knicks covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 157 combined points took the game UNDER the total. New York got 25 points from J.R. Smith en route to an 81-76 loss against Indiana on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Phoenix are 3-7
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing New Orleans are 4-6
After playing Indiana are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few Bulls at Knicks trends to consider:
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing New York
Chicago is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Chicago is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing New York
New York is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New York's last 13 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing Chicago

Next up:
Chicago home to Phoenix, Saturday, January 12
New York home to New Orleans, Sunday, January 13