A Christmas Day of basketball action that has a total of 5-games on the board will begin from Madison Square Garden in New York in a potential Eastern Conference playoff match-up The New York Knicks vs Chicago Bulls will have a telecast on ESPN that is scheduled to tip-off at 12:10pm EST followed by the Celtics vs Magic at 2:30pm EST and Heat vs Lakers at 5:00pm EST. Online sportsbooks have opened with the Knicks as a 2-point favorite at home in NBA predictions vs the Bulls with an over/under betting total of 207. Sportsbooks also favor New York -125 in money line NBA odds vs Chicago +105 on Christmas Day basketball.
The Chicago Bulls were leading the Central Division with a record of 18-9 straight up and 17-9-1 against the spread. The Bulls went UNDER the total in 17 of their first 27 games including 8 of their 13 games away from home. Chicago has paid out in NBA predictions for 9 of their 13 road games. The Bulls are led by Derrick Rose who is averaging 24.3-points and 8.4 assists per game. Chicago will be without leading rebounder Joakim Noah for the Christmas basketball match-up vs the Knicks. Noah is expected to be out of the line-up until February of next year with a thumb injury. Chicago ranks 14th in NBA odds for scoring but 8th for points allowed.
New York has shown marked improvement this year and has a record of 17-12 straight up and 19-9-1 against the spread. The Knicks were 7-6-1 against the NBA predictions at home and an even 7-7 split on totals at MSG this year. Amare Stoudemire has proven to be one of the most valuable pick-ups the Knicks have ever had in the offseason. Stoudemire leads the Knicks with 26.4-points and 9.3-rebounds per game. Raymond Felton is the top assist man with 9-per game. The Knicks rank 2nd in NBA odds for scoring offense but 28th for scoring defense. The Knicks have paid out in 4 of their last 6 home games against the Bulls with 5 of the last 6 meetings between the teams at Madison Square Garden going under the total.
NBA Predictions – December 25, 2010: New York Knicks -2
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