Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks
NBA Betting Pick: Bulls -8 -110 odds (October 31st 2013)
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The Chicago Bulls are going to come out pissed off after basically getting embarrassed by the Miami Heat on opening night. I look for them to take care of business in blowout fashion against the overrated New York Knicks Thursday night.
Chicago went 8-0 in the preseason, but it ran into a pumped up Miami team on opening night as the Heat received their rings and raised their championship banner. It was not a great spot for the Bulls, but off a loss, this is a great spot to back them.
In fact, Tom Thibodeau is 53-34 ATS after one or more consecutive losses as the coach of Chicago. Better yet, Thibodeau is a perfect 8-0 ATS after scoring 35 points or less in the first half of last game as the coach of the Bulls. He has a great knack for getting his team to respond in a big way following a poor performance.
New York isn’t the same team it was a year ago. It lost some key pieces like Chris Copeland and Steve Novak, who helped stretch the floor. It is also without J.R. Smith to start the season as he continues to serve his 5-game suspension. The addition of Andrea Bargnani was their biggest offseason move, and it was a terrible one.
Bargnani shot 39 percent from the floor and 30 percent from 3-point range while only averaging 4.6 rebounds per 36 minutes in Toronto last year. He went 3-for-9 from the floor in the Knicks’ opener last night against the Bucks, a game in which they trailed late before pulling away for an 80-73 victory.
Since they played last night, that means this will be the second of a back-to-back for the Knicks, while the Bulls come in on one days’ rest. I believe that really hurts the Knicks right now because they are without Smith. He was the igniter off the bench for this team last season, and without him, they just don’t have the depth needed to be able to handle a back-to-back situation. Bet the Bulls Thursday.
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