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Knicks Bulls: NBA odds preview

Sitting atop the Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks will be looking to run their winning streak to six games on Saturday night as they play on the road against the Bulls in Chicago.

The Knicks and Bulls have yet to meet this season, with New York having covered the posted spread at the sportsbooks in three of the past four games between the teams. The OVER has also gone 3-1 for totals bettors over their past four meetings.

The Knicks will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 12-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulls are 6-12 ATS. New York is 9-7-2 against the total, while Chicago is 6-12 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulls sit at No. 13 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Knicks are at No. 5 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Knicks will win this game 104-98.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 22-ranked offense (94.2 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 8 at 94.7 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 44.5% from the field per game, less than the Knicks have managed so far this season (45.5% on average).

Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.3 points per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.

The Knicks were a 112-92 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Heat. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (204) made winners of OVER bettors. The Knicks blew out Miami on Thursday, running up the score in a 112-92 win at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 108-104 winner as they battled the Pistons on the road. The Bulls covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 212 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Detroit was victimized by Joakim Noah for 30 points as the Bulls defeated the Pistons 108-104 in NBA action on Friday.

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Denver are 2-8
After playing Miami are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a win are 3-7


A few Knicks at Bulls trends to consider:
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 9 games when playing Chicago
New York is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games
Chicago is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against New York
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games at home
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
New York home to Denver, Sunday, December 9
Chicago home to LA Clippers, Tuesday, December 11