Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 12/31/2014
Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM
United Center in Chicago
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The Denver Nuggets, who are just 4-11 away from home this season, will be visiting the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. In their first game against each other this season, the Nuggets defeated the Bulls 114-109 at home.
The Nuggets were outscored 62-46 in the first half of their game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and ended up losing 111-103 at home. Their defense did force 18 turnovers in that game, but they also allowed the Lakers to shoot 52.6 percent from the field.
Through 32 games, the Nuggets are one of the better rebounding teams in the league, but they are also giving up around 105 points per game. Center Timofey Mozgov has made 52.3 percent of his shots this season and is averaging nine points with a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game.
On Tuesday night, the Bulls had their seven-game winning streak snapped by the Brooklyn Nets when they were beaten 96-82 at home. Their recent hot shooting didn't carry over into that game as they only ended up with a 38.4 field goal percentage.
Through 32 games, the Bulls are near the top of the Eastern Conference in both points per game and rebounding. Defending Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah is currently averaging 8.6 points and just under 10 rebounds per game, while shooting guard Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 21.7 points per game.
Denver Nuggets Betting Trends
Denver Nuggets are 11-19-2 Against the Spread
Denver Nuggets are 12-16-0 against the Over/Under
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
Chicago Bulls are 15-17-0 Against the Spread
Chicago Bulls are 16-15-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/31/14 F Wilson Chandler Quad injured last game, "?" Thursday vs. Chicago
12/14/14 C JaVale McGee Leg out indefinitely
11/25/14 G Randy Foye Quad out indefinitely
12/31/14 G Kirk Hinrich Hamstring "?" Thursday vs. Denver
12/12/14 F Doug McDermott Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago
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