NBA Live Lines and Odds at YouWager: Bulls vs. Knicks
8:00 PM ET, December 11, 2013
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls have disappointed online sports betting fans left and right. The difficult start could be even worse for the Knicks and also have coach Mike Woodson worry about his job.
Tonight the Knicks will try to end a six-game skid versus the Bulls at Madison Square Garden.
New York figured to be an Eastern Conference contender again after a second-place finish in 2012-13, while Chicago truly wanted to improve on last season’s fifth seed with Derrick Rose back in the mix.
Things have been quite different in reality, with the Knicks (5-15) sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and the Bulls (8-11) sliding down the standings, again likely without Rose for the season following another knee injury.
New York lost 109-94 versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday for their 11th defeat in 13 games. The Knicks trailed by three at halftime before being outscored 33-20 in the third quarter.
The Knicks’ 41-point home defeat versus the Boston Celtics two days earlier, which fired questions up in the air about Woodson’s job security, didn’t seem to light any sort of fire under New York.
Boston and Cleveland, two of the NBA’s lesser offensive teams, combined to shoot 55.5 percent versus the Knicks — 52.3 from 3-point range.
New York’s five free-throw attempts versus Cleveland matched the second-lowest total in the NBA this season.
The Knicks fell 82-81 versus the Bulls in Chicago on Oct. 31 with Rose hitting the go-ahead jumper with six seconds left. New York shot 36.0 percent and have been held to 40.8 percent shooting during a 1-9 stretch in the series.
The Knicks also have a minus-8.9 rebounding margin during those games.
Anthony had 22 points, six assists and a career-high six steals but was 8 of 24 from the field in the first basketball game. The 29 year-old is averaging 31.5 points over his last four games versus the Bull seven while shooting 39.1 percent.
Oddsmakers believe it’s possible for New York to take advantage of a Chicago team who is full of injuries. They were without four opening-night starters in Tuesday’s 78-74 home defeat versus the Milwaukee Bucks, their eighth in 10 games.