Bulls vs. Knicks Preview & Prediction

The Chicago Bulls are fighting to maintain their spot among the top three teams in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of their last five games. The New York Knicks are trending in the opposite direction, losing six games in a row.

Projected Starting Lineups

Chicago Bulls (44-29)

G Aaron Brooks – 11.5 ppg, 3.1 apg

G Jimmy Butler – 20.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg

F Mike Dunleavy – 9.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg

F Pau Gasol – 18.6 ppg, 11.8 rpg

C Joakim Noah – 7.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 4.7 apg

New York Knicks (14-58)

G Langston Galloway – 11.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg

G Shane Larkin – 5.9 ppg, 2.7 apg

F Lance Thomas – 8.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg

F Lou Amundson – 6.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg

C Andrea Bargnani– 14.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg

What to watch for:

Can New York slow Jimmy Butler or Pau Gasol?

New York struggles to score points, but Chicago's offense struggles when they're only getting significant production from one player. Butler and Gasol are the two most likely sources of Bulls offense, so if the Knicks can shut one of them down, they'll give themselves a chance to win.

Prediction: Bulls win 103-84

Chicago has been playing really good basketball over the last two weeks, and New York has been playing terribly during that time frame. There's nothing to indicate that either will change tonight.

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