Coby White and the Chicago Bulls take on the New York Knicks Wednesday night. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)
- The Chicago Bulls visit the New York Knicks Wednesday night at MSG
- Chicago is coming off a win against Miami while the Knicks had their 9-game win streak snapped by the Suns
- Get the latest Bulls vs Knicks odds, betting preview and a pick below
The Chicago Bulls are just trying to keep afloat for a play-in berth while the wait for Zach LaVine to return to the lineup.
They’re in New York Wednesday, battling a Knicks team looking to bounce back after taking their first L in 10 games.
The 11th-place Bulls are a game behind the surging Washington Wizards for 10th and the final play-in spot, and come into this one as 5-point underdogs to the Knicks, who sit alone in fourth in the East.
Bulls vs Knicks Odds
|Team||Spread at FanDuel||Moneyline||Total|
|Chicago Bulls||+5 (-110)||+172||TBD|
|New York Knicks||-5 (-110)||-205||TBD|
Odds as of April 26. Tipoff is Wednesday at 7pm ET
Bulls Frontcourt Does Work
Who knows where the Bulls would be right now if they didn’t make a deal for Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline. The big man has been a source of stability, particularly with LaVine out of the lineup due to health and safety protocols.
The definition of consistency: Nikola Vucevic dropped his 8th 20-10 game as a Bull. He’s been here one month. pic.twitter.com/iTpgwWBQLZ
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 27, 2021
Last game out against Miami, he put up 24 points and 11 boards, as the Bulls avoided a sweep in their mini-set with the Heat.
Minus LaVine, Vucevic has helped guide the Bulls to a 4-3 mark over seven games, where he’s averaging 22.1 points, 10.9 rebounds and hitting a hefty 44.7% from three-point range.
Nice 90 second stretch by Coby White. Two good drives on offense, but the defensive stuff was great too.
-First, fighting through a screen to stay with Dragic and helping on the glass.
-Later, Duncan Robinson gets separation but he fights to get back into the play. pic.twitter.com/i3YliLJsRV
— Steph Noh (@StephNoh) April 27, 2021
Another deadline pickup, Daniel Theis, also picked a good time to deliver his first 20+ point game for the Bulls. He scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, his second double-double with Chicago.
Coby White continued his strong play of late as well, with 17 points, five rebounds and six assists against Miami. He’s averaged 19.1 points and 6.1 assists on 46.2% shooting in LaVine’s absence.
Knicks in the Mix
Despite seeing their 9-game win streak come to an end, the Knicks were in it against one of the NBA’s elite in their 118-110 loss to the Suns.
Chris Paul just ripped the soul out of the Knicks’ winning streak pic.twitter.com/kpWuncGtZ7
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) April 27, 2021
New York built up a 15-point lead in the second quarter, but slowly watched it chip away, as their defense wasn’t able to dig in for their usual stops. Phoenix was able to rattle off 62 second half points, and shot 9-for-18 from three-point range to come away with the win.
Julius Randle got a glimpse of what top defenses are going to do to force him from dominating a game. The Suns used smaller, more athletic defenders to neutralize the Knicks’ all-star (primarily Torrey Craig), but the gameplan was to key in on stopping the catalyst of the offense.
Again, Julius Randle’s growth. Not just the fact that they are running option screens for him and he’s popping to the top. But look at the Suns urgency to switch as he pops out. And he still gets to the one dribble pull up. pic.twitter.com/XQXsLNKp5H
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) April 27, 2021
Randle finished with 18 points on 6-for-17 shooting from the field, adding six rebounds and four assists. In his previous four starts, he had gone for 30+ in all four, cracking the 40-point plateau twice. RJ Barrett couldn’t get it cooking either, finishing with 17 points on 7-for-18 from the field.
One bright spot was Derrick Rose, who led the team in scoring with 22 points, six rebound and six assists off the bench.
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What’s the Best Bet?
This might be decided with the battle in the paint. The Bulls are scoring 50.1 points in the key this year, which ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference, while the Knicks are the fourth-best in limiting damage inside, giving up just 43 points a night.
Or it might be the newly-discovered Knicks offense against the suddenly-stingy Bulls defense. Over their last 10, the Knicks are leading the NBA in scoring at 117.7 a game, while the Bulls,have clamped down in their last seven, holding teams to 105.4 points a game, which ranks fourth in the NBA.
Despite the fact the Bulls are a surprising 15-7 ATS as a road underdog, New York is playing up to its current top-4 seeding. They’re a solid 21-11 at home this year, and 17-10 ATS coming off a loss.
The pick: Knicks -5 (-110)
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