A pair of major market Eastern Conference teams with nothing to play for but pride take the floor in the Windy City. The New York Knicks take the trip on the road hoping to reverse their recent fortunes as they visit the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night. New York upended Washington 113-110 at home Sunday night in their last game. Chicago was run over 116-96 at home by Philadelphia in their previous contest Saturday night. The Bulls lead the all-time regular season series 122-106 but the teams split two matchups this season. In the most recent meeting, it was the Knicks taking a 113-105 win at home on April 1.
New York Knicks Hoping to Avoid Setting Franchise Record for Losses
New York had dropped two straight and eight of nine before beating Washington at home Sunday night for their first home win over the Wizards in nearly six years. The Knicks own the worst record in the NBA at 16-64 and have long been eliminated from playoff contention. New York led by six after the opening quarter, trailed by four at the half and by 10 after three quarters before rallying. The Knicks outscored the Wizards 34-21 in the fourth and took the lead for good on Mario Hezonja’s three-pointer with 44 seconds to play. New York shot 51.2 percent from the field, including 17 of 34 from three-point range, and overcame a 50-43 disadvantage on the glass. Hezonja had a career-high 30 points to go with six rebounds and five assists in the win.
The Knicks are 28th in the league in scoring as they average 104.9 points per game. New York is 20th in the league in rebounding with 44.7 boards per contest while standing 30th with 20.1 assists per game. The Knicks are 25th in scoring defense as they allow 114.1 points per game. The Knicks are 30th in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.4 percent as a team. New York is tied for 23rd with 10 threes per game while ranking tied for 25th in three-point shooting as they hit 34 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. New York’s offense has struggled in the last 10 games as they are 2-8 as their dismal season winds down. The Knicks are 30th in the league during that stretch in scoring offense with 102 points per game. Emmanuel Mudiay is putting up a team-leading 16.8 points a night during that stretch while Kevin Knox has been inconsistent: despite averaging 16.3 points per game, he’s shooting 41.3 percent from the floor, including 35.6 percent from beyond the arc, in that stretch. The Knicks are missing Frank Ntilkina, Allonzo Trier and Noah Vonleh, who all are out for this one.
Chicago Bulls Seek to Pick Up Home Win
Chicago fell for the sixth time in seven games as they were routed at home by the 76ers Saturday night in their last contest. The Bulls entered Monday 13th in the Eastern Conference and have been eliminated from playoff contention. Chicago was down four after the opening quarter and by eight at the half before getting outscored 29-19 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Bulls shot 42.7 percent from the floor, including eight of 25 from three-point range, and were hammered 54-38 on the glass. JaKarr Sampson led the Bulls with 29 points and eight boards off the bench in the loss.
The Bulls are 27th in the league in scoring offense this season with 105.1 points per game. Chicago is 25thin the league in rebounding with 42.9 boards a night while ranking 27th with 22 assists per contest. The Bulls are below average defensively as they are 20th by allowing 113.4 points per contest. Chicago is tied for 18th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.4 percent from the floor. The Bulls are 30th in the league with 9.1 three pointers a game and stand tied for 16th by shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. In the last 10 games, the Bulls are tied for 24th in the league in scoring offense with 107 points a game and they are 3-7 in that stretch. With all the injuries that have hit the team down the stretch, Robin Lopez leads the healthy guys with 12.6 points per game in that 10-game run while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor. Otto Porter Jr. is out indefinitely with a shoulder issue while LaVine and Kris Dunn are both questionable in this one. Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison are all done for the year.
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