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Breaking down the spread, money line, DFS, fantasy options for Knicks-Bulls

In a battle of basement teams, who will come out on top? We provide game analysis for betting and DFS.

Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen dunks the ball against the Indiana Pacers during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Back in October, the Bulls blew a lead and gift-wrapped the Knicks their first win of the season. Not much has changed since then. The Knicks (2-8) continue to lose and the Bulls (3-7) remain inconsistent. New York is coming off an embarrassing loss to the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden and Chicago has lost six of eight games.

Point Spread: CHI -6
Over/Under Total: 213.5
NYK Moneyline: +205
CHI Moneyline: -250

Player Props

Lauri Markkanen Total Points: 17.5 — OVER (-122), UNDER (+101)
Julius Randle Total Points: 18.5 — OVER (-122), UNDER (+101)
Zach LaVine Total 3-Pointers Made: 1.5 — OVER (-186), UNDER (+151)
R.J. Barrett to Record a Double-Double: Yes (+400), No (-715)

Breaking down betting lines, DFS options for Knicks vs. Bulls

So tracking injuries, we already know Otto Porter Jr. is out for the Bulls and the Knicks won’t have Mitchell Robinson and Elfrid Payton. Both teams are relative enigmas so it’s tough to look at the spread in terms of betting. We’re also talking about two bad teams, so sloppy basketball doesn’t exactly lead to high scoring (though the Bulls’ offense is capable). With Porter out, the Bulls opted to start Chandler Hutchison ($4,000), though expect Thaddeus Young ($4,800) to see the majority of Porter’s minutes. Both forwards make for interesting value plays at home in a strong matchup.

This seems like a strong bounce-back spot for Chicago. The Bulls need a win, are at home and are welcoming back Bobby Portis ($5,500), who was usually active on social media and may motivate his former players to come out and make a statement. With Robinson out and that same narrative in mind, Portis also isn’t a bad option in DFS in GPPs. The Bulls have been crushed on the boards, so another plus to Portis and Julius Randle ($7,200).

Lauri Markkanen ($6,400) is dealing with a sore oblique, but is expected to play. He’s been struggling big time, averaging just 14.9 points per game while shooting a forgettable 27.9% from distance. This is a get-right spot for Mark, but the injury and struggles are concerning. But looking at his price, Markkanen is an intriguing GPP play along with teammate Zach LaVine ($7,100), who should have an easy matchup given New York’s lack of depth in the backcourt.

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