The New York Knicks square off against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks come into the game with a 5-15 record and haven't been able to win consistently. They have really struggled lately, resulting in a record of 2-8 over their last 10 games. Entering the game with an 8-11 record, the Bulls are still looking for answers. Their season hasn't gotten any easier, as they have lost eight of their last 10 games. This game will begin at 8:00 pm EST and ESPN, CSN-CHI and MSG will be providing coverage of the contest.
The Knicks are expecting better results after their 109-94 loss to the Cavaliers. Carmelo Anthony was the team's high scorer, scoring 29 points. Meanwhile, the Bulls are coming off a 78-74 loss at the hands of the Bucks. Leading the team in scoring, Mike Dunleavy had 24 points. This is the second game of the season between these two teams, with the Bulls winning the first matchup, 82-81. Carmelo Anthony was the top overall scorer in the game with 22 points.
New York may have trouble getting to the line in this one. They're 29th in the NBA in FTA rate (20.6), while Chicago is among the NBA's least foul-prone squads (yielding a FTA rate of just 24.7, fifth in the NBA). Moreover, the Bulls are among the NBA's elite on the offensive backboards, ranking fourth in OR% at 29.4%. But the Knicks rank fifth at corralling defensive rebounds with a DR% of 75.5%.