The Chicago Bulls head to New York without a few star players, which is why the Bulls vs Knicks spread is one-sided.
They are big losses, so the ball is in the Knicks’ court.
Road Struggles for Bulls
The Bulls might have scored an impressive 105-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers two games back, but they have been only moderate away from home.
They are 4-11 on the road, and without two of their best players, it’s hard to imagine them beating the Knicks, who are good at home.
The Bulls didn’t manage to beat the 76ers on Tuesday, and playing on a back-to-back could add to their woes.
As the Bulls vs. Knicks spread suggests, they are likely to struggle at Madison Square Garden. DeMar DeRozan will have to play exceptionally well to keep the game close, and his average of 22.4 points per game will need to lift.
He top scored for the Bulls against Philadelphia with just 16 points, which is never going to be enough.
The Bulls are 7-8-1 against the spread on the road, so they’re not awful, but losing their two best players leaves them vulnerable, and the sportsbook hasn’t missed it.
The NBA injury report doesn’t look good, so the +9.5 line is warranted for Wednesday’s game.
Knicks Find Home Rhythm
Playing at home has been fruitful for the Knicks, who got back to winning form with a 112-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
They didn’t feature on the NBA New Year’s games list, but 2024 got off to the best start for the Knicks, who improved to 18-15 with the win.
It was a good bounce back effort following three consecutive losses, and new recruit OG Anunoby was impressive.
“Even during the game, they were telling me: ‘Go here. Do this,’” Anunoby said of his new teammates. “They were helping me out for sure, a lot of them and I’m thankful for it.”
They are 16-15-2 ATS overall and 7-5-1 at home, so there is a slight edge with betting statistics.
Covering a -9.5 line won’t be easy, but the Knicks are finding their rhythm at home, and the Bulls are there for the taking.
Knicks Defense Stands Up
We can’t see the Bulls scoring many points, and they could struggle to score over 100 points.
Therefore, we’re locking in the Knicks -9.5 with the Bulls vs. Knicks spread, and under 219.5. The Knicks are the better team, and when they’re hot, they’re one of the hardest teams to beat.
Conversely, when the Bulls are cold, they’re one of the easiest teams to beat, so we’re happy to take the favorites to win and cover.
Because of the Bulls offensive struggles, we’re taking the under. We see the Bulls scoring around 90 points, so that should be enough for bettors to cash the under.
With a lack of size in the paint, look for Julius Randle to have a field day. He should drive to the rim more often, and he could put up a big scoring total.