New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls
Tip-off: Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, IL
There are five games left in the regular NBA season and Carmelo Anthony is very close to being the first New York Knicks player to win the scoring title since 1985. Even when having the lead in that race, it’s the end of another drought that held the attention of the 28 year-old and the rest of the Knicks after their last game.
After clinching their first division title in nearly two decades, Anthony will try to impress YouWager bettors by carrying on his outstanding offensive surge and lead New York to their 14th straight victory tonight when they visit the slumping Chicago Bulls.
The Brooklyn native had 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Knicks (51-26) routed the Washington Wizards120-99 on Tuesday to clinch the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994. Anthony became the first member of the Knicks to score 35 in five straight games since Bernard King, who won the team’s last scoring title by averaging 32.9 points during the 1984-85 season.
The Bulls are 14-18 since the start of February and have lost their last two games versus the Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors, clubs firmly planted in the lottery. The Bulls last five defeat came versus teams with losing records.
Chicago trailed by as much as 16 in Tuesday’s 101-98 home loss against Toronto.
However, Chicago has won all three meetings versus New York this season. The Bulls rank near the bottom of the NBA with 5.2 3-pointers made per game and a 34.5 3-point percentage, however Chicago has gone 20 for 42 (6.7 per game, 47.6 percent) from behind the arc versus New York.
The Bulls score 92.8 points per game but averages 103.7 against the Knicks.
The Knicks, which lead the Indiana Pacers by 2 1/2 games for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, have dropped 19 of 22 in Chicago.