Unfortunately, the Bulls have defeated the Knicks in three consecutive games-a streak that has many pondering if it's time to go back to the drawing board. NY held the Mavericks to just 38 percent shooting from the field and were able to withstand a late comeback attempt by Dallas.
Pistons 114, Nets 80: Andre Drummond scored 22 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, Tobias Harris had 22 points, and Detroit beat Brooklyn. They rank 5th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.1 percent), while the Knicks force the ninth-fewest turnovers in the National Basketball Association (opponents' turnover percentage of 13.5 percent). The Knicks rank fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (25.5 percent), while Chicago ranks second in defensive rebounding percentage (81.0 percent). New York's Kristaps Porzingas led all scorers with 23.
So Markkanen's averages of 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds may not have him at the top of his class after the first half of his first season in the league, but he has shown a knack for the big shot at the right time. New York, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (13.2 vs. 8.3).
"The end of games, that's when he's usually good and focused in and not afraid to take the big shot", Jeff Hornacek said. But when they take the home hardwood it has been a completely different story as so far they have compiled an impressive 15-7 mark at the Garden.
NY returns to Gotham City this evening after knocking off the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday, 100-96. The Knicks couldn't steal the inbounds so they purposely fouled and Justin Holiday made two at the line with 13.9 seconds left to make it a four-point game. Stephenson wound up with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He then zipped an entry feed to a cutting Porzingis for a one-handed stuff for a 112-112 tie to force a second overtime.More news: Ex-BHS boss Chappell found guilty following TPR prosecution
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The Knicks rank ninth in points in the paint per game (46.8) while the Bulls rank 27th (40.4).
Chicago rebounded it, but Dunn missed over Jack.
Who the Trends Like: Chicago is 0-4 ATS in its last four meetings in NY and 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall. Smith, who struggled with his shot, going 5-14 for 11 points, was gracious in his appraisal of Ntilikina but downplayed the comparisons after the two engaged in a demonstrably friendly exchange on the court after the game. Porzingis had eight 30-point games in the season's first month but only three since.
Like the Knicks, the Bulls have been in a funk in recent weeks, losers of five of six, with their lone win coming over cellar-dwelling Dallas, as well.
Injury Report: Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic missed the last game with a virus and is questionable tonight. Entering this season, the Knicks had beaten Chicago in five straight head-to-head meetings.