NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, April 8th (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (42-32) at New York Knicks (29-45), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls go for their 11th win in 12 games this evening, when they tangle with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The Bulls currently have a magic number of two, meaning either two wins or one victory and a New Jersey defeat to Boston on Saturday afternoon would secure their first playoff spot since the 1997-98 campaign. Chicago currently sits fourth in the East, one game ahead of fifth place Washington.
Chicago came up with a big 102-101 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic at TD Waterhouse Centre on Wednesday. Antonio Davis made 1-of-2 free throws with 1.4 seconds left in overtime to lift the Bulls to the victory.
Kirk Hinrich scored four of his team-high 25 points in overtime and was 10- of-23 from the field one night after going 0-for-7 in a loss to Miami. Tyson Chandler added 22 rebounds and 15 points off the bench in the victory, while Davis added 14 rebounds and 11 points.
Jannero Pargo registered 14 points, while Ben Gordon and Eric Piatkowski tallied 10 points apiece off the pine.
Chicago was without power forward Othella Harrington (personal reasons) and center Eddy Curry (irregular heartbeat). Harrington is questionable for tonight's game, while Curry isn't expected to play.
Chicago shot just 34.3 percent from the field, including 9-of-21 (.429) from three-point range. The Bulls hit 23-of-28 (.821) from the free throw line, but got outrebounded, 56-52.
The Bulls, which are closing up a three-game road trip tonight, are 18-19 in foreign buildings this season. Chicago has won seven of 10 and eight of its last 13 road games.
The Knicks have dropped eight consecutive contests, including a 110-98 defeat to the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena. New York has lost 11 of its last 14 games overall to fall out of playoff contention.
Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while Jamal Crawford added 26. Jerome Williams chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
The Knicks hit 46.6 percent from the field, including 7-of-23 (.304) from three-point range. New York hit 23-of-28 (.821) from the free throw line, but committed 18 turnovers which led to 28 New Jersey points.
New York, which has two of its next three contests at home, is 21-16 at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks have lost four of their last six home games overall.
Chicago has won both meetings between these teams this season. The Bulls have won five of seven and eight of the last 11 meetings overall. However, Chicago has lost eight of its last 11 trips to New York.
04/08 14:55:48 ET