Bulls vs. Knicks Prediction
Are the New York Knicks laying too many points to the Chicago Bulls tonight? The two teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. ET in New York.
Monday, March 19, 2018
TV: N/A, 7:30 p.m. ET
The Knicks opened as 5.5-point home favorites and that’s where the line currently sits at the majority of online sportsbooks. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 216.5 but has climbed to 218 online.
As of this writing, 54% of betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Knicks to cover the small point spread. Meanwhile, 62% of the betting tickets are on the over.
KEY INJURY TO WATCH
Zach LaVine (knee) has been ruled out for the Bulls, who also won’t have Kris Dunn (toe) and Lauri Markkanen (back). On the other side, you already know about Kristaps Porzingis (knee, out for the year) but Lance Thomas (personal) is also out for the Knicks and Courtney Lee (personal) is questionable.
Why would anyone lay 5.5 points on the Knicks to cover the spread against any team? New York is just 4-13 against the spread in its last 17 games, is 3-11 against the number in its last 14 home games, and has not covered in 10 of its last 12 games when facing an opponent that scored 100 points or more in its previous contest. On the other side, the Bulls are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games overall, are 4-0 against the number in their last four games coming off a loss, and are 4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
OUR PREDICTION: CHICAGO BULLS +5.5