Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
Tip-off: Friday, January 11, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Now that Carmelo Anthony is back YouWager experts believe the New York Knicks will be able to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season by beating the Chicago Bulls for the second time in eight tries at Madison Square Garden.
The 28 year-old Anthony, second in the NBA with 29.0 points per game, was suspended one game by the league for confronting Kevin Garnett after the Knicks’ 102-96 defeat versus the Bulls on Monday. Anthony was angry about Garnett’s choice words during a fourth-quarter altercation, going toward Boston’s locker room and then waiting near the Celtics’ bus after the game.
The Knicks (23-12) has to do without Anthony last night and the game turned in one of their worst offensive performances of the season in an 81-76 defeat at Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers. New York made 34.8 percent from the floor for their worst shooting display since hitting a season-low 32.1 percent in a 93-85 loss versus the Bulls on Dec. 8.
Anthony missed that basketball game with a cut on his finger that required stitches. The NYC native had 29 points versus Chicago in the most recent matchup Dec. 21, but was ejected with 6:45 to play in a 110-106 home defeat due to his second technical foul. It’s still not clear for online sports betting experts if any emotions will carry over after Tyson Chandler, Joakim Noah and Knicks coach Mike Woodson were also tossed in the fourth quarter of that game, which the Bulls led by as many as 25.
The Knicks have dropped six of the past seven games against Chicago, and three in a row since Anthony had 43 points and hit the decisive 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime during a 100-99 home win April 8.
The Bulls (19-14) are just 4-4 since last facing New York, and are also looking to recover after falling 104-96 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday to halt its three-game winning streak.
While Chicago knows that the team has to contend with Anthony, they’re unaware of how much they’ll see of Amare Stoudemire.
Yesterday he was limited to 22 minutes and nine points after doctors told coach Mike Woodson to limit his playing time as he continues to work his way toward full strength following surgery on his left knee. The 30 year-old player is averaging 9.8 points in five games since his return.
Injuries have forced 6 time NBA All-Star player to miss four straight meetings against the Bulls after averaging 27.0 points over the previous two.