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The Bulls are looking for back-to-back wins, while the Knicks are looking to improve their NBA-best home record to 12-1. However, the Knicks have dropped five of six against the Bulls, including a 93-85 loss at Chicago on Dec. 8, turning in their worst offensive performance of the season by setting season lows in points and field-goal percentage (32.1).
At home, the Knicks average 104.8 points per game and 40.7 percent from three-point range. If they can display those types of numbers in this game, they have a strong chance of getting to 4-on their current six-game homestand, which ends against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday before it opens a three-game road trip against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas day.
On Dec. 8, the Knicks didn't have Carmelo Anthony thanks to his lacerated finger on his left hand. Anthony had 43 points and hit a three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left in overtime to secure a 100-99 win over Chicago in the most recent matchup at Madison Square Garden on April 8. He enters this game after scoring 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Wednesday's 100-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Tyson Chandler has also been playing well recently, averaging 16.3 points and 11.0 rebounds over the last four games. He had a season high-tying 18 rebounds with 14 points at Chicago on Dec. 8.
Chandler should be due for another battle with Bulls center Joakim Noah, who recorded his second career triple-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and a career high-tying 10 assists in a 100-89 win over Boston on Tuesday. Noah, who finished the last meeting against the Knicks with 10 points and 11 rebounds, is averaging 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds over his last three visits to the Garden.
Carlos Boozer, who recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds against the Celtics, is also providing the Bulls with a strong presence in the frontcourt lately. He had 12 points and 10 rebounds against New York earlier this month, but averages 18.5 and 13.3, respectively, in 13 road matchups.
The Bulls, who rank second in the NBA in scoring defense at 90.3 points per game, have held 13 of their last 14 opponents under 100 points. They are also giving up only 86.5 points per game during a 4-2 stretch that started with the recent win over the Knicks.
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