The New York Knicks (17-16) head to the United Center for a Wednesday night matchup against the Chicago Bulls (11-22).

The Knicks have lost two straight, most recently a 105-98 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers on Christmas Day. The loss came despite a career game from Enes Kanter who scored 31 points and grabbed 22 rebounds.

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New York struggled shooting from the field (40.4 percent), on threes (4-15, 26.7 percent), and from the charity stripe (18-28, 64.3 percent).

Chicago went on the road and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday by the score of 115-106. The game was tied entering the fourth quarter, but the Bulls outscored Milwaukee 32-23 in the final 12 minutes. Nikola Mirotic led the team with 24 points off the bench while Kris Dunn had 20 with 12 assists.

The Knicks look for just their third road win on the season when they take on the Bulls. Image Source: Flickr | Michael Tipton
The Knicks look for just their third road win on the season when they take on the Bulls. Image Source: Flickr | Michael Tipton

Likely starters

Knicks: PG - Jarrett Jack, SG - Courtney Lee, SF - Lance Thomas, PF - Kristaps Porzingis, C - Enes Kanter

Bulls: PG - Kris Dunn, SG - Justin Holiday, SF - Denzel Valentine, PF - Lauri Markkanen, C - Robin Lopez

Knicks/Bulls leaders

Knicks: Scoring - Kristaps Porzingis 24.6, Rebounding - Enes Kanter 10.4, Assists - Jarrett Jack 6.0

Bulls: Scoring - Lauri Markkanen 14.2 (Nikola Mirotic 18.5 in 10 games), Rebounding - Lauri Markkanen 7.6, Assists - Kris Dunn 5.9

Known injuries

Knicks: Out - Tim Hardaway Jr.

(leg)

Bulls: Out - Zach LaVine (knee), Cameron Payne (foot)

What to know heading into Wednesday's game

Since missing two games with a sore knee, Kristaps Porzingis has struggled mightily shooting the ball in his three games after returning. He is 18-58 from the field (31.0 percent) which includes a 0-11 performance in his first game back against the Boston Celtics.

Especially on the road where they are 2-10 on the season, the Knicks have to do a better job starting the game than they did in their previous outing against the Bulls on December 9.

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Chicago got off to a 22-9 lead and held a 27-18 advantage after one quarter.

While Chicago enters Wednesday tied for the fifth worst record, they have been a completely different team once Nikola Mirotic returned from injury. They won their first seven games with him in the lineup and are now 8-2 overall. They have scored 100+ points in nine of those 10 games, something they only accomplished eight times in 23 outings with him out.

Knicks/Bulls regular season history

The Knicks and Bulls have met 223 times in the regular season with Chicago holding a 119-104 advantage in the win column.

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The two teams met in Chicago on December 9 with the Bulls edging out the Knicks by the score of 104-102. Before that game, New York had won the previous five matchups.

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