NBA Betting – D-Rose and the Bulls to put the Knicks in their place on Sunday
The New York Knicks will be in search of their first NBA betting win of the season at Bookmaker Sportsbook against Chicago on Sunday when the Bulls invade MSG for the second time this season.
The eighth seeded New York Knicks (28-27, 28-27 ATS) will have their hands full with the Chicago Bulls (43-13, 32-23-1 ATS) on Sunday, April 8th when the teams square off in NBA betting action for the third time this season; the Madison Square Garden tip is scheduled for 1:00 ET with ABC covering the live national telecast.
It’s been nearly three weeks since Chicago fans got to see reigning MVP Derrick Rose take to the hardwood, but that could possibly come to an end on Sunday after he was held out of Thursday night’s home clash with the Boston Celtics. To date, Rose has missed 22 games overall due to a myriad of injuries. Still, Coach Thibodeau possesses one of the deepest rosters in the league, and it’s because of it that Chicago still owns impressive 15-7 SU & 11-10-1 ATS tallies with him out of the fold. While there have been a number of solid wins with their leader riding the pine, the most impressive came last Thursday at home.
Boston dominated Chicago throughout the entirety of the first half, but a completely reenergized team took to the hardwood in the second stanza. The Bulls frenetic pace and in your face brand of defense limited the C’s to just 37 overall points, and they went on to win the NBA betting clash by a 93-86 final tally. The win improved them to a league best 43 games up and 13 games down, and they hold a 2.5-game lead over Miami for the top seed in the Eastern Conference as of Friday night. Chicago’s won 21 of its 28 games played away from the United Center and covered 19 of those contests against the closing number.
You can’t help but come away impressed with what Mike Sanford has done with New York since taking over for lame duck coach Mike D’Antoni. Since he stepped down following the tight loss at Chicago back on March 12th, the Knicks have gone on to win 10 of their L/13 overall games played. On top of that, NY has lined its NBA betting line backer’s pockets with nothing but green by covering the pointspread in 10 of those tussles. What’s most impressive about this streak is that it’s been pulled off without the services of Jeremy Lin, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Jared Jeffries – three crucial role players that got hot right before the All Star break.
As it is, the Knickerbockers will enter this afternoon’s throw down 2.5-games in back of the Atlantic Division leading Boston Celtics and the final team in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Currently the #8 seed, New York sits 1.5-games in front of Milwaukee and 1.5-games in back of the Philadelphia 76ers; it goes without saying that every game played over the next 2+ weeks is of utmost importance if this squad plans on going back to the postseason in back-to-back seasons. The Knicks have been at their absolute best as a host going 18-10 SU & 17-11 ATS on the year.
NBA Betting Pick: Losses to both the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder over the course of the last week has grabbed the Bulls attention. A notion brought to the forefront in the second half of the Boston game. Chicago will not be losing to any team lesser than them the remainder of the season until that #1 overall seed is locked up. While NY has covered both defeats to Chicago this season, they stand just 6-11 SU against the Sagarin Ratings Top 10 ranked teams; Chicago’s #1. The Bulls check in 18-10 SU versus the Top 16 teams on the Sagarin Ratings; NY’s #16. The pointspread is sure to be low here as hot as the Knicks have been which only adds to Chicago’s value in this spot. Lay the chalk, and look for Derrick Rose’s return to lead his squad to their third straight win in the Garden!
Will D-Rose’s return lead the Bulls to the NBA betting road cover, or can the Knicks muster enough at both ends of the court to snap their three-game losing streak in the recent series? Back your opinion on this and other match-ups at Bookmaker Sportsbook, the most reliable sportsbook with the fastest payouts in the business.
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