While the New York Knicks have struggled to a 17-18 record, they have been playing a heck of a lot better of late.
The resurgence could be pointed to sensational second-year point guard Jeremy Lin, who led the Knicks to a 7-0 record with stars Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire missing most of those games.
Lin has averaged 22.6 points, 8.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds on 47.8 percent shooting during the last 12 games. His stats don't tell the whole picture as Lin has made coach Mike D'Antoni's offense function well.
Besides Lin, the Knicks have a tremendously loaded frontcourt with Anthony, Stoudemire and former Bull Tyson Chandler. This trio is clearly better talent-wise to the Bulls' Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.
Anthony is one of the NBA's purest scorers who is having a down year, but is still collecting 21.4 points a night. He is someone who would give Deng some assignment problems.
Stoudemire is a solid post scorer who will overmatch weak post defender Boozer all night.
Chandler is a great defender who could post a double-double, thus cancelling out Noah's production.
This doesn't count the Knicks other players, as point guard Iman Shumpert and recently signed J.R. Smith provide New York with a solid bench.
The Knicks' newfound star power and deep frontcourt would give the Bulls fits and can upset Chicago if they are clicking on all cylinders.