Knicks vs. Bulls Point Spread Pick 12/14/22

by | Dec 14, 2022 | nba

New York Knicks (14-13 SU, 13-13-1 ATS) vs. Chicago Bulls (11-15 SU, 13-13-0 ATS)

When: Wednesday, December 14th, 7:30 PM (ET)

Where: United Center, IL, Chicago

TV: ESPN

Point Spread: NY +4/ CHI -4 (Are you still betting at -110 odds? Why not save yourself some cash and make the switch to -105 at BAS?)

Total: 225.5

Money Line: New York Knicks +148/ -181

Notable Injuries

Knicks

  • Ryan Arcidiacono (Doubtful) Ankle
  • Jalen Brunson (Questionable) Ankle
  • Obi Toppin (Out) Knee

Bulls

  • Alex Caruso (Probable) Back
  • Lonzo Ball (Out) Knee
  • Ayo Dosunmu (Questionable) Pelvis

Recent Form

Heading into the game, New York is 14-13 overall. When taking to the road, New York has a mark of 7-6 and a win percentage of 54%. Currently, the team is 6th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they are 13-13-1 vs. the spread. In their matchup against Chicago, the New York Knicks have won 4 straight games and will look to push that mark to 5 in a row.

The Knicks came away with a win in their last matchup against the Kings, achieving a 112-99 victory as 2-point favorites. RJ Barrett led the Knicks with an impressive performance, scoring 27 points on a shooting percentage of 42.9%. In addition to the win, the Knicks also covered the spread.

Heading into the game, Chicago is 11-15 overall. When playing at home, Chicago has a mark of 7-5 and a win percentage of 58%. Currently, the team is 11th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they are 13-13-0 vs. the spread. In Chicago’s last five games, the Bulls have a straight-up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 in those games. Going back to the last 10, they are 5-5 and 5-5 ATS.

In their last game, Chicago was defeated by the Hawks with a score of 123-122. Despite DeMar DeRozan scoring 34 points, the team was unable to come out on top. Going into the game, the Bulls were 3-point favorites.

The Historicals

In the 2021-2022 season, the Knicks and Bulls split the series, with each team going 2-2. This year, Chicago will look to do a better job at home, as they also split their games at the United Center. Similar to their season-long average, the Knicks averaged 107.75 points per game vs. the Bulls. Just like the Knicks, the Bulls maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 108.75 points per game vs. New York. Across the previous five meetings between the teams, the Knicks have an average scoring margin of +3 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. New York and Chicago averaged a combined 213 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.

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Analysis

This year, the New York offense is not only near the NBA average in points at 113.8 points per game, but they are also playing at a pace similar to the league average. So far, the Knicks are ranked 14th in possessions per contest. The Knicks have been able to put together a strong offensive attack despite sitting just 30th in a 3-point shooting percentage. Overall, they are among the league leaders in attempts at 34.1 attempts per game. Defensively, the Knicks have been one of the best units in the NBA, allowing just 106.6 points per game. So far, they have done an excellent job defending the 3-point arc, allowing teams to hit just 34.2%.

Heading into this matchup, New York is in jeopardy of not having Jalen Brunson in the lineup as he is questionable. This season, he is the team’s second-leading scorer at 20.1 points per game. So far, Julius Randle leads the team in scoring and averages 22.3 points per contest.

This season, the Bulls have loved to get up and down the court, as they are currently 8th in the league in possessions per game. However, this has not fully translated into the offensive success they are looking for, as Chicago is 14th in scoring at 113.3 points per game. Chicago heads into the game as one of the top 3-point shooting teams in terms of percentage. So far, they have hit 36.2% of their looks from deep. However, they are currently ranked just 30th in 3-point attempts per contest. On defense, the Bulls are allowing an average of 112.0 points per game, placing them 17th in the league. So far, teams have shot 36.4% on their looks from outside vs. Chicago. This figure places them 23rd in 3-point shooting defense.

DeMar DeRozan is the top scorer for the Bulls, with an average of 26.0 points per game. This season, his field goal percentage is 50.7%. Zach LaVine is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 21.8 points per game.

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Betting Trends

  • The Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
  • The Knicks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win.
  • The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • The Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a straight-up loss.

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