Definitive Guide to Thursday's Monster NY Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls Matchup

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Definitive Guide to Thursday's Monster NY Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls Matchup
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If history is destined to repeat itself, the New York Knicks are in trouble.

Last season, Carmelo Anthony's Knicks couldn't muster a single victory against the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls. They dropped all four games they played against Tom Thibodeau's stingy defense. All four were determined by single digits; none of them made you feel as if the Knicks stood a viable chance.

On Thursday, the Knicks, who have lost five straight against the Bulls and seven of the last eight, look to buck a frustrating trend. To do so, they'll have to steal one in Chicago, where they haven't won since December 2010.

Tonight will also mark Rose's first meaningful home game since April 2012. He was underwhelming in his regular-season debut, but with the home crowd behind him, the stage is set for him to have one of those magical performances we have grown so accustomed to.

Chicago. New York. It's one of the most underrated rivalries in the NBA. With both teams still looking to assert their dominance as Eastern Conference powers early on, that stands to change.

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