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The Chicago Bulls have struggled to garner any sort of traction this season. The Bulls are coming off a close home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Meanwhile, things haven't fared much better for the New York Knicks., The Knicks are heading into the contest after a loss on the road to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Bulls' backcourt picking it upIt has been a struggle for the Bulls to find any significant traction this season as they have had much difficulty find their way with their roster. That has seen their youth have plenty of internal issues arise with adjusting to head coach Jim Boylen's game plan. That has seen that friction lead to some on-court problems that have flared up during games. The writing has been on the wall for the team to eventually make a change at head coach given the strong amount of pushback that has is given from the players. It hasn't helped that the Bulls are well out of the playoff picture despite the final two playoff spots being held by teams with below .500 records.
Electrifying. @CobyWhite tonight scored a career-high 35 points and became the first rookie in NBA history to score 30+ points in three consecutive games coming off the bench 🔥 pic.twitter.com/55XY73vYLL— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 26, 2020
It hasn't entirely been bad as there have been some encouraging moments from their roster with a couple of their young talents continuing to push forward in a disappointing campaign. That has seen rookie guard Coby White finally get his legs under him a bit over the last week. It has seen him notch three straight games with at least 30 points, which made him the first rookie reach that feat coming off the bench. His increased scoring prowess is certainly a positive sign. Meanwhile, guard Zach LaVine has continued to head the charge with his production in a career-best campaign averaging 25.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting from the floor. LaVine has been their primary scoring option throughout the year and is coming off a 41-point outing. If the Bulls hope to move past the Knicks, they will need their backcourt to head the charge
Knicks looking for home cookingIt has been nothing short of another frustrating campaign for the Knicks as they have once again fallen to one of the worst records in the league. They have continued to experience the same issues that have plagued them over the last several years. Their roster isn't properly equipped to make a strong push towards the playoffs while they lack any sort of real star power to head the charge. It's a team that is compounded too much into the frontcourt, which has been led by many role players and secondary scoring talents to lead the way. There are some promising pieces to the puzzle, but it hasn't equated to them having any durable success throughout the course of the season.
It hasn't been entirely bleak as the Knicks have had some strong recent production from veteran forward Julius Randle, who has emerged as their most prominent scoring option on the floor. Randle has had a notable recent uptick in his scoring production that has seen him push his way up towards leading the team with 19.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting from the floor. Over his last five games, he has scored more than 15 points four times and is coming off a 30-point outing against the 76ers. His production will need to stay up if the Knicks hope to pull out win on their home floor on Saturday night against another struggling team.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are:
- New York is 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
- New York are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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This is one of the more difficult games on the slate given the difficulties that both the Knicks and Bulls have had this season. They have each been bottom-tier teams in their respective conferences while they haven't found any level of consistency that would give you confidence that they can push forward. However, the Bulls have more promising young pieces across the board that would present some sort of notion that they can find success on the floor. Their backcourt duo of LaVine and White have each picked up the slack offensively as of late and should continue on the road to push them back in the right direction.
Full-Game Total Pick
At the same time, these two teams have each had plenty of struggles finding their way offensively collectively. They have been in the bottom tier of the league in the scoring department this season, which has led to them to experience some concerning offensive woes, which has more so been with the Knicks. New York has tallied no more than 106 points four times in the last five games, which made them the cause to why their last game fell below the over/under line of 210 points in the contest against the 76ers. The Bulls haven't a bit better by tallying more than 110 points in three out of the last five games played, but that shouldn't be enough to push this beyond the over/under line.