Saturday, December 19, 2015
Madison Square Garden
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The Chicago Bulls travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks on Saturday, December 19, 2015. The opening line for this game has Chicago as 2.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 196.
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The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 15-8 and a road record of 4-5. They are 2nd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 1.9 as they are averaging 98.8 points per game while giving up 96.9 per contest. The Knicks have an overall record of 12-14 and a home record of 6-7. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 97.7 points per game and surrendering 99.3, good for a point differential of -1.7.
Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 20.8 points per game while playing 36.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 5 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Pau Gasol averages 15.1 points per game in 29.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.7 assists per contest and 10.7 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%.
Carmelo Anthony averages 21.7 points per game while playing 34.2 minutes per contest this year for the Knicks. He grabs 7.5 rebounds per game and has 3.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 13.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 27.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.3 rebounds per contest and 1.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Chicago averages 98.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 21st in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.9 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 28th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 6th in the league. They average 57.9 rebounds per game and 22.6 assists per game which ranks them 1st and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 10th with 14.4 per game. The Bulls allow 96.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 5th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 56.6 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 21.3 assists per contest which puts them in 14th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the league.
New York averages 97.7 points per game this year which ranks them 23rd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them sitting in the 26th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 21st in the NBA. They average 53.8 rebounds per game and 20 assists per contest which ranks them 7th and 24th respectively. In the turnover department the Knicks rank 9th with 14.3 per game. The Knicks allow 99.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 2nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 54 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 18.7 assists per contest which puts them in 2nd place in the league. The Knicks force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 9-14-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 7-16-0 against the over/under
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 15-11-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 11-14-1 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
09/26/15 G Mike Dunleavy Back out indefinitely
New York Knicks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take Chicago
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