8:00 PM ET, October 31, 2013
United Center, Chicago, IL
Derrick Rose’s return to the Chicago Bulls wasn’t as impressive as everyone thought it would be.
If we take into account how he’s done in his latest meeting with the New York Knicks, Rose’s first meaningful game at home since coming back from injury could be better.
The 25 year-old will try to recover from a tough season opener as the Bulls look for a sixth straight win versus the Knicks tonight.
After sitting out all of last season rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered late in Game 1 of a 2012 first-round playoff series versus the Philadelphia 76ers, Rose scored 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting as Chicago fell 107-95 to defending champion Miami Heat on Tuesday.
Chicago likely hasn’t forgotten how great he’s been versus New York. Rose has averaged 27.8 points over his last nine against the Knicks, and his career average of 24.7 is his second-best versus any team.
According to YouWager experts the Bulls have been outstanding versus the Knicks even in Rose’s absence, winning all four NBA games last season. It has taken eight of the last nine overall and 20 of the last 23 in Chicago.
New York blew a 25-point lead in their opener Wednesday, but Carmelo Anthony was solid down the stretch and finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in a 90-83 victory versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Knicks played without reigning Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, who is suspended for the first five games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy. Amare Stoudemire, who is coming off knee surgery, dressed but did not play to rest for this contest.
Raymond Felton scored 18 points and suffered a minor hamstring injury, but he doesn’t think it will keep him out tonight.
Anthony has averaged 35.2 points in his last five versus Chicago, who haven’t lost at home to the Knicks since a 120-112 defeat on Nov. 10, 2010 — one season before Anthony was acquired from the Denver Nuggets.