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Bulls Likely to Have Derrick Rose on Sunday vs. Knicks
There will be live play-by-play betting at Bovada’s NBA odds for Sunday afternoon’s national television game (1 p.m. ET, ABC) game between the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks and it appears Chicago will finally get back reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose from injury. The visiting Bulls are 2.5-point favorites at the book.
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Rose has missed 12 games with a groin injury, which he injured the last time Chicago played the Knicks. The Bulls are 8-4 in those 12 games. After missing just six in his first three seasons, Rose has missed 22 overall this season. The Bulls are 15-7 in those games. Rose practiced again fully Saturday and said he was “more than likely” to play and that the pain in his groin is gone. Coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't commit to that fully but said Rose is "very close" and that the Bulls are optimistic. Thibodeau labeled his star player a "game-time" decision and that Rose may be on a time limit in the beginning.
This is the first of a home-and-home with New York. The Bulls are 2-0 vs. the Knicks this season. On Feb. 2 in New York, Chicago won 105-102 behind 32 points and 13 assists from Rose. Amare Stoudemire led the Knicks with 34 points and 11 rebounds but he’s now out injured, as is point guard Jeremy Lin.
On March 12 in Chicago, the game in which Rose was injured, the Bulls won 104-99 behind 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds from Rose. The Bulls won despite the absence of starters Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton, as well as key reserve C.J. Watson. Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and Stoudemire added 20 for the Knicks, but the two combined for just seven points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls pulled away. Chicago outrebounded the Knicks 56-38.
Chicago has covered just once in the past five meetings with the Knicks. New York is 4-0 ATS in its past four games as a home underdog. The Bulls are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 as a road favorite.
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