Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks 12/2/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks Matchup Preview (12/2/21)

The third battle of the 2021-22 NBA season between the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks will take place on December 2nd. Currently, these teams are 1-1 against each other this season, with one game ending with a one-point Knicks victory, while the other ended with a six-point Bulls win. The Knicks are coming off a heartbreaking two-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets and will be looking to bounce back with a home win. Alec Burks has played well since being inserted into the starting lineup in lieu of Kemba Walker, who will no longer be in the rotation. This could be the positive catalyst that New York has been looking for, and its play against the Nets may indicate a potential uptrend. Chicago is one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference but needs to be more consistent to truly be deemed a title contender.

Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks Betting Odds

The odds for the Bulls vs. Knicks game are not out yet, but our table above will update you once they are available. You can click on any odds in the table and be automatically redirected to the applicable sportsbook. Below, I will look at potential outcomes for the game, even though the lines have not dropped.

I would expect the Bulls to be slight road favorites, but not by more than one or two points. Since they have all of their best players healthy and available, that would be my prediction. I’m leaning towards the Bulls against the spread, but that is all dependent on where it is placed. If it is just one or two points, then I love it. Outside of that, it may be a little too rich for my blood. You should also note that the Bulls are 5-1 ATS as road favorites on the season.

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TV Schedule

Date: 12/2/21
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Channel: NBA TV

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Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup

PG: Lonzo Ball
SG: Zach LaVine
SF: DeMar DeRozan
PF: Javonte Green
C: Nikola Vucevic

Chicago Bulls Analysis

The Chicago Bulls are certainly one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, but they have lost some games that they have no business losing. That inconsistency is difficult when it comes to betting and predicting the outcome of a game, but that is just how the NBA can be. Their 32-point loss to the Indiana Pacers a little over a week ago is extremely confusing. Not often does an NBA team put up merely 77 points. Luckily, Chicago has the majority of its players healthy and active, outside of Patrick Williams and Coby White. The Bulls have a top ten offense, and maybe even the top five when everyone is healthy, so expect a Knicks team that is weak defensively to struggle.

New York Knicks Starting Lineup

PG: Alec Burks
SG: Evan Fournier
SF: R.J. Barrett
PF: Julius Randle
C: Mitchell Robinson

New York Knicks Analysis

There are few things harder than betting on the New York Knicks or any game they are involved in. The Knicks have been one of the least consistent teams in the NBA, and it is impossible to predict what you are going to get from them on any given night. Recently, Tom Thibodeau decided to bench former star Kemba Walker, completely taking him out of the rotation. His replacement is NBA veteran and journeyman, Alec Burks, who has made the most of his opportunity so far. Burks has averaged 24 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in his first two starts for the Knicks. While New York lost by two to the Brooklyn Nets in its most recent game, it is promising that Alec Burks has stepped in and produced. It also helps that Julius Randle put up big numbers too. The Knicks may have found a solution to their guard problem, but it will require a much larger sample size than two games to know for sure.

Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks Daily Fantasy Picks

DeMar DeRozan is having his best season since 2016, and one could even argue that this year is still an overall better season. DeRozan averages the second-most points in his career with 25.9 per game and has been more efficient from the field and behind the arc than in 2016. In short, this is one of the stranger career arcs that I have seen in sports, especially basketball. DeRozan still boasts one of the best mid-range games in the NBA’s history, and he continues to look more and more crafty each bout. The great part about utilizing DeRozan in your DFS lineups is that he is capable of dropping 35-40 points on any given night and still pulling down some rebounds and dishing out a few assists.

I don’t think anyone at the beginning of the season could have predicted that Alec Burks would be starting one-fourth of the wat through the 2021-22 season, but perhaps that is what makes the NBA fun to watch. Burks has been in the league since 2011 but has never really been a consistent starter for any of the NBA teams he has been on, including the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and now, the New York Knicks. However, with Kemba Walker’s shaky start to the season, and subsequent benching, Burks has emerged as a potential replacement, at least in the meantime. Burks has taken advantage of the opportunity so far, with 23 and 25 points in his first two starts for the Knicks this year. Additionally, he has gotten two steals in both games, as well as a solid number of rebounds and assists. Burks is an immediate play in DFS as far as I’m concerned, and you should hope his value stays below his output, because he is a steal.

Drew is one of the NBA Lead Writers at Lineups.com, specializing in betting content such as game predictions and player props. With a deep knowledge of players and prospects, Drew has an extensive edge in covering everything NBA.

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