The Denver Nuggets (15-9) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (9-15) on Tuesday, December 12th. This game will be played at United Center in United Center and televised on NBCS. The Nuggets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bulls are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hawks. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Nuggets vs Bulls
The Nuggets Are Coming Off A Win
The Nuggets picked up a win over the Hawks in their latest game, finishing with a score of 129-122. The start of the second half saw the Nuggets in the lead, at 65-62.
Coming into today, the Nuggets have a 15-9 overall record and have gone 1-2 in their last three games. When playing on the road this season, the Nuggets are 6-8 compared to 9-1 at home.
Denver has an overall ATS record of 9-14 as they come into today’s game. Denver has gone 8-12 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 1-2 when playing as underdogs.
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Bulls lost to the Bucks with a final score of 133-129. The Bulls may have lost the game outright, but they did succeed in covering the spread as +12 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 233.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
In non-conference play, the Bulls are 3-5 and are 6-10 against Eastern Conference teams. They have an overall record of 9-15 and are 2-1 in their last three games.
Chicago comes in with an overall ATS record of 11-13 so far this season. The Bulls maintain an ATS record of 4-7 on the road, while they have a 7-6 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
Through 24 games the Nuggets are averaging 114.2 points per contest, placing them 13th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Nuggets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Denver offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 30th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Through 24 games the Bulls are averaging 109.2 points per contest, placing them 27th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12 made 3’s per game. If Chicago continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 29th in the league in possessions per game.
Nuggets Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Nuggets defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 33.3% of their games. Currently, they are 8th in the NBA at 111.1 points per game allowed.
In their previous game, the Nuggets’ defense struggled against the Hawks, giving up 122 points on a field goal percentage of 53%.
Bulls Team Defense
On defense, Bulls is currently around the league average in points allowed, giving up an average of 113.3 points per game.
The Bulls defense is coming off a game in which they held the Bucks offense to just 41.2% shooting. Overall, they gave up 133 points to Milwaukee.
Key Players For The Nuggets And Bulls
For today’s matchup, we project Nikola Jokic to lead the scoring for the Nuggets, putting up 19 points and shooting at a rate of 7/14. Throughout this season, his average stands at 28.2 points per game, along with 12.8 rebounds.
On the other side, DeMar DeRozan is our projected leading scorer for the Bulls. We have him ending the game with a team-high 20 and grabbing 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 44.4% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 22.6 points per game.
Nuggets vs Bulls Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Denver has an ATS mark of 3-7. Their straight up record in these matchups was 4-6 while averaging 111 points per game.
- In their last three home games, Chicago has averaged 115 points per game while allowing 123. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Bulls have a strong straight up record of 2-1. In addition, their ATS record was 3-0 in these scenarios.
- Denver has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Nuggets vs. Bulls game, our recommendation is to take the Bulls at +7.5. Despite our model showing the Nuggets winning 109-108, we like Bulls as our point-spread pick.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 216.5 and our model has the Nuggets and Bulls finishing with a combined 217 points. Our pick is to take the over.
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