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Game Preview: Knicks vs. Bulls- 11/05/18

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Bottom feeders collide.

Well, well if it isn’t my old nemesis, the Chicago Bulls. Chicago (2-8) has been somewhat of a mess so far this year. They’ve got Zach LaVine scoring 26.6 points per game and getting to the line nearly eight times a game. They are fifth in the league in 3-point percentage while firing off 30 of them a night. Yet, the Bulls just don’t get after it. Take for example Jabari Parker’s transition defense here:

That lack of intensity we hoped to see from Washington also plagues Chicago. Sadly maybe these teams see New York (3-7) coming and they figure they have a good chance of hauling down a win. Losers of their last four contests, and seeing the Knicks coming home for the second game of a back to back, Chicago may give it everything they’ve got.

New York is likely to be missing Tim Hardaway Jr. who injured what looked like his lower back last night. Hardaway will give it a go in the morning shoot around but backs are exactly the type of thing that don’t loosen up in the morning. Here’s Tim sounding pretty dejected about how he played and if he’ll be ready to go tonight:

Tim would probably try to push himself to play but personally I’d hope they rest him even if it’s just precautionary. Why risk it?


Projected Starters

Key Matchup

What the Knicks do with LaVine will be interesting but how they come across their points may be the hardest part of the game. If Hardaway is out, or can’t produce, The next in line should be Allonzo Trier. He’s shown he can score in bursts and flurries, but can he just jump right into steady production-ville as a possible starter- against a team that is not known for getting it done defensively while still giving a potential All Star as many tough looks as possible.

We shall see.

Prediction

Knicks will have no answer for Zach LaVine, who dumps in 44 points with eight triples and gets to the line for 18 free throws. Trier and Ntilikina suffer from foul trouble early. The Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter troika fails to get even one stop as the Bulls go up by 20 in the first half.

Knicks by -13.

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You know what time it is.