When the Chicago Bulls face the New York Knicks tonight at the United Center, they may or may not have to deal with Carmelo Anthony. Melo is a game-time decision for tonight’s game, after suffering from a laceration on his left middle finger.
With or without Melo in the lineup, the Knicks will face a tough task with the Bulls in town.
The Bulls are looking for their third consecutive win after defeating the Detroit Pistons 108-104 in Auburn Hills, Michigan last night. The Bulls were down by as many as 17 points in the second quarter before storming back.
Bulls center Joakim Noah continued his impressive play this season. He scored 30 points and hauled in 23 rebounds, both career-highs in the Bulls’ win. He also added six assists.
The win gave the Bulls (10-8) a one-game lead in the NBA Central Division. They will have to face a red-hot Knicks team that has the best record in the NBA Eastern Conference at 14-4.
The Knicks, fresh off a 112-92 win against the Miami Heat, are winners of five straight games. They are looking to cap off their three-game road trip with a victory.
Matchups to watch:
If Melo does play for the Knicks, the Bulls’ Luol Deng will draw the defensive assignment. Once Jimmy Butler is inserted in the game, he perhaps will guard the superstar small forward. The second-year swingman guarded Melo as good as anyone in brief stretches of two games last season.
Marco Belinelli will look to get his offense going against the defensive-minded Ronnie Brewer.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will see were his team stands defensively. They rank third in points allowed only giving up 91.6 points per game. The Knicks are third in points scored at 103.2 and they boast a potent three-point shooting attack.
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