Apr. 8, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after winning the game in overtime against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won in overtime 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Pippen Ain't Easy Pregame Report: Bulls vs. Knicks

Chicago Bulls (43-14) vs. New York Knicks (28-27) Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago Bulls (43-14) vs. New York Knicks (28-27)

Location: United Center

Time: 8:30pm CST/9:30pm EST


Nat’l TV: ESPN

Radio: ESPN 1000

Line: Bulls by 9.0

Last 10 Games: CHI: 6-4, NYK: 7-3

Avg. Pts Scored/Allowed: CHI: 96.8/88.9, NYK: 97.2/94.5

Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — NONE

NEW YORK — SG Bill Walker, PF Jared Jefferies, PF Amare Stoudemire

Key Matchup: Bulls vs. The Home Stretch

How will the Bulls do down the stretch? That’s the question that will be on everyone’s mind after what happened in New York in Sunday. Derrick Rose bricked two free throws and the Bulls squandered a 10 point lead and lost by one. What will they do to avoid that tonight?

Last Game: Bulls lost to Knicks 100-99, Knicks beat Bulls 100-99

Last Meeting: April 8, 2012 — Bulls 99, Knicks 100

Series History (Since 2002-03): Bulls lead regular season series 22-12

Last Minute Preview: If the Bulls play smart and if Derrick Rose plays and takes control (and revenge) then the Bulls should easily handle the Knicks at home. Carmelo Anthony’s head has expanded after Sunday’s win, he has a lot to prove if he wants to .

Prediction:  Bulls 99, Knicks 87

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