New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 2/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+4.5)
The New York Knicks (9-11) are headed to United Center on Monday where they'll take on the Chicago Bulls (7-11). New York opens this game as 4.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 218.
The New York Knicks stepped onto the hardwood against the Cleveland Cavaliers and went home with a win by a final score of 102-81 in their last game. New York walked away from the contest with a 48.8% FG percentage (39 of 80) and converted 10 out of their 27 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Knicks buried 14 of 16 tries for a percentage of 87.5%. When it comes to rebounding, they earned 41 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 20 assists for the game in addition to getting 8 steals and 6 rejections. Concerning defending, New York allowed the other team to shoot 34.5% from the floor on 29 of 84 shooting. Cleveland distributed 15 assists and had 8 steals in this contest. Additionally, the Cavaliers grabbed 43 rebounds (14 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Cleveland shot 83.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of their 18 shots. They also knocked down 8 out of their 26 attempts from 3-point land.
RJ Barrett is one guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He ended up with 24 points on 8 out of 19 shooting. He played 39:49 mins and also collected 4 rebounds. Barrett finished shooting 42.1% from the floor and distributed 2 dimes. Someone else that played a role in this matchup for the Knicks was Julius Randle. He snagged 8 rebounds and also had 6 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 53.8% from the floor for this game by going 7-of-13 (16 points). Overall, Randle played for 35:09 minutes.
New York comes into this matchup with a record of 9-11 for the season. They turn it over 14.1 times per game and as a group they commit 21.1 fouls every game. As a team, New York is pulling down 47.1 boards per game and has 421 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 24th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Knicks are connecting on 35.0% on shots from distance (189 of 540) and 75.9% from the charity stripe. They average 101.6 pts per game (30th in the league) while shooting 44.4% from the floor. On defense, the Knicks are able to force 11.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.7 fouls. They are giving up 31.3% on shots from distance and they are 1st in the league in points per game allowed (102.7). The Knicks defense is giving up a FG percentage of 42.6% (236 of 394) and they concede 45.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 7th in the NBA in allowing assists with 442 surrendered this year.
When they last played, the Chicago Bulls walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 123-122 against the Portland Blazers. The Bulls pulled down 32 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 43 for the contest. They also blocked 2 tries while earning 5 steals in the matchup. The Blazers were called for 17 fouls in this game which got the Bulls to the charity stripe for 15 shots. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 100.0%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Chicago converted 21 out of their 45 attempts (46.7%). When all was said and done, the Bulls finished the game shooting 43 for 85 from the floor which had them sitting at 50.6%. The Bulls allowed the Blazers to convert 45 of their 88 attempts from the field which had them shooting 51.1% for this contest. They finished 40.5% from 3-point land via 17 out of 42 and finished the contest at 16 of 19 at the free throw line (84.2%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Chicago allowed Portland to get 35 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Lauri Markkanen ended up being a factor for the Bulls in the matchup. He converted 12 of 18 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which got him 31 points. Markkanen snagged 6 boards in his 35:45 mins of time on the court and accumulated 2 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy that was important for Chicago was Zach LaVine. He notched 26 points in his 34:56 mins on the hardwood via 9 of 12 from the floor in the game. LaVine ended the game having shot 75.0% from the floor while earning 4 dimes and 7 rebounds.
Chicago has a mark of 7-11 on the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Bulls are hitting on 47.6% from the field, which is 7th in the NBA. Chicago has accounted for 2,082 pts for the season (115.7 per contest) and they pull in 44.4 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 25.9 times per game (9th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 17.9 times per contest. The Bulls are committing 21.2 fouls every game and they hit 79.9% from the charity stripe. The Bulls on the defensive end are ranked 28th in basketball in PPG given up with 118.5. They have forced 14.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 48.1% from the field (28th in the NBA). The Chicago defense gives up 37.6% on 3-pointers (246 of 654) and opponents are knocking down 76.2% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 24.8 dimes and 42.3 total boards per game, which ranks them 16th and 6th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Chicago (-4.5) and over 218 points
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