New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls 12/9/2017 Odds, Picks & Preview

The NEW YORK and the CHICAGO will both be gunning for a victory on 12/9/2017 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

NEW YORK vs CHICAGO
When: 8:00 PM  ET, Saturday, December 9, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

ROT TEAM PS OU ML
711 NEW YORK 4 (-110) 199 (-110) -175
155
712 CHICAGO

TV: 8 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), WGN (Chicago)
LINE: 4
PREDICTION: Knicks 105, Bulls 100

Oddsmakers currently have the CHICAGO listed as 4 point favorites versus the NEW YORK, while the game’s total is sitting at 199.

CHICAGO — After 10 consecutive losses, the Chicago Bulls finally found a way to finish off a victory. Whether they can return on short rest to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season now becomes the question.

The Bulls needed overtime to end their lengthy losing streak on Friday when they outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 119-111. Chicago (4-20) returns home to face the New York Knicks Saturday and does so closer to full strength as the Bulls finally got forward Nikola Mirotic back from injury.

Mirotic made his season debut Friday and scored six points on 2-of-7 shooting after missing 23 games with facial fractures and a concussion sustained in a fight in practice with teammate Bobby Portis.

Now, back in the win column for the first time since Nov. 17, the Bulls will attempt to drop the Knicks (12-12) back under .500. New York hasn’t played since beating Memphis on Wednesday and faces Chicago in the first of back-to-back games before the Knicks return home Sunday to play Atlanta.

The Bulls continue to get stellar play from rookie Lauri Markkanen, who registered his seventh double-double Friday. Markkanen scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and connected on critical 3-point field goals at the end of regulation and overtime to finish off the Bulls’ victory.

“We’ve had a couple tough losses lately and to be able to put them behind and pull this one off, it tells a lot about this team,” Markkanen said Friday. “Of course, we wanted to go home a little earlier, but we just kept fighting.”

Markkanen has been at the center of opponents’ game planning, which coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters wasn’t the case when the season first started. But after proving himself a valuable scorer over his first 24 games, the secret’s out.

“When other teams are putting their game plans together he’s number one as far as how they’re going to guard him, how they’re going to play him,” Hoiberg said Friday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “He’s demanding a lot of attention. It’s either switching or blitzing almost every time.”

Markkanen is no stranger to the Knicks, who contemplated drafting the Finnish rookie in this year’s NBA Draft. Markkanen was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who traded him to Chicago as part of the deal for Jimmy Butler.

Ahead of the draft, the Knicks considered Markkanen as speculation grew that they would deal Kristaps Porzingis. Instead, New York stuck with Porzingis, who will play his second game after returning from an ankle sprain Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

Porzingis told reporters this week he was aware that Markkanen was on the Knicks’ radar last summer as a possible replacement should Porzingis have been dealt.

“Maybe it was the plan,” Porzingis said, according to Newsday. “But I’m happy I’m still here.”

As Porzingis prepares for his second game back, the Knicks are still without Tim Hardaway, Jr., who is expected to miss another two weeks with a stress injury in his lower left leg.

With Hardaway still on the mend, Porzingis doesn’t expect his ankle to keep him out this weekend against the NBA’s two worst teams starting Saturday against the Bulls.

“I definitely want to play,” Porzingis said, according to Newsday. “Especially now, I’ve been out four or five days. I didn’t do anything and guys are playing. I’m looking forward to this back-to-back.”

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New York 12-12 W1 11-5 1-7 0-1 12-11 2-2 6-8
Chicago 4-20 W1 2-8 2-12 0-1 4-19 0-4 4-8

LAST MEETING

New York Chicago
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/4/17 CHI 91 NY 100 100 54 47.2 91 37 37.6

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NY C. Anthony 23 36.0 3
CHI J. Butler 26 50.0 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NY K. O’Quinn 13 5 8
CHI N. Mirotic 10 3 7
Assists Player
NY R. Baker 6
CHI R. Rondo 9
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NY K. Porzingis 523 46.4 114
CHI J. Holiday 367 37.4 50
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NY E. Kanter 224 80 144
CHI L. Markkanen 194 27 167
Assists Player
NY J. Jack 135
CHI J. Grant 129

LAST MEETING

Philadelphia Cleveland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/27/17 CLE 113 PHI 91 91 53 37.5 113 46 47.7

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHI J. Embiid 30 45.8 8
CLE L. James 30 52.2 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHI J. Embiid 11 5 6
CLE L. James 14 3 11
Assists Player
PHI R. Covington 4
CLE L. James 6
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHI J. Embiid 493 48.6 132
CLE L. James 734 58.5 109
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHI B. Simmons 249 52 197
CLE K. Love 270 65 205
Assists Player
PHI B. Simmons 199
CLE L. James 222

LAST MEETING

Orlando Atlanta
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/6/17 ATL 106 ORL 110 110 52 46.9 106 49 43.0

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ORL E. Fournier 27 57.1 1
ATL D. Schroder 26 38.5 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ORL N. Vucevic 16 5 11
ATL M. Belinelli 7 0 7
Assists Player
ORL E. Payton 6
ATL K. Bazemore 7
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ORL E. Fournier 513 48.6 71
ATL D. Schroder 463 45.3 65
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ORL N. Vucevic 245 45 200
ATL J. Collins 164 71 93
Assists Player
ORL E. Payton 120
ATL D. Schroder 149

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