Chicago Bulls vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 3/19/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+6)
The Chicago Bulls (18-21) go to Ball Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Denver Nuggets (24-16). Denver opens this game as 6-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 229.5.
The Chicago Bulls played the San Antonio Spurs and went home with a loss by a final score of 106-99 in their last contest. Chicago finished the contest with a 44.0% field goal percentage (40 of 91) and made 11 out of their 33 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Bulls converted 8 of their 9 attempts for a rate of 88.9%. When talking about grabbing boards, they earned 51 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 24 assists in this contest as well as forcing 9 turnovers and getting 6 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Chicago allowed the other team to shoot 42.7% from the floor on 38 out of 89 shooting. San Antonio doled out 19 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. In addition, San Antonio snagged 46 rebounds (13 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. San Antonio finished the contest at 73.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 22 of 30 tries. They converted 8 out of their 31 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Zach LaVine is a player who played a role for the game. He ended up with 29 points on 12 out of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37:43 minutes played and totaled 6 rebounds. LaVine finished shooting 57.1% from the field and recorded 6 assists. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Bulls was Thaddeus Young. He pulled down 8 rebounds in 30:44 minutes on the basketball court. He went 50.0% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 8-of-16 (16 points). In all, Young had accumulated 5 assists.
Chicago enters this contest with a mark of 18-21 so far this season. The Bulls are connecting on 37.5% on shots from distance (507 of 1,351) and 80.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 114.0 points per game (12th in the NBA) while going 48.1% from the field. They are giving up possession 15.9 times per contest and as a group they commit 20.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Chicago is collecting 44.7 rebounds per game and has tallied 1,024 assists on the season, which has them ranked 11th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end of the court, the Bulls are able to force 13.6 turnovers every game and they draw 18.8 personal fouls. They are giving up 34.5% on three-point shots and they are ranked 24th in the league in PPG allowed (114.1). The Bulls are giving up a FG percentage of 47.2% (531 of 733) and they relinquish 42.7 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 5th in the league in allowing assists with 921 surrendered on the year.
The last time they took the court, the Denver Nuggets got the win with a final of 129-104 when they faced the Charlotte Hornets. The Nuggets pulled down 40 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 48 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 15 times, while earning 12 steals for this contest. The Hornets had 16 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Nuggets to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They were able to make 9 of the free throws for a clip of 69.2%. Concerning shooting from distance, Denver made 16 out of their 44 attempts (36.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Nuggets finished shooting 52 for 90 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.8%. The Nuggets allowed the Hornets to knock down 36 of 80 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.0% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 31.6% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 12 of 38 and ended up shooting 20 of 28 at the charity stripe (71.4%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Denver allowed Charlotte to grab 33 in all (7 offensive).
Michael Porter Jr. ended up being important for the Nuggets in this matchup. He converted 11 out of 17 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 64.7%, and accumulated 13 rebounds. Porter recorded 28 points in his 28:52 minutes on the hardwood and had 1 assist in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Denver was Will Barton. He finished this one with 4 assists in 32:48 minutes played, and he knocked down 8 out of 15 from the floor. Barton ended up shooting 53.3% from the field and also earning 23 points and 4 total rebounds.
Denver has a win-loss mark of 24-16 this season. Denver has 4,627 points so far this season (115.7 per contest) and they pull in 44.1 rebounds per game. The Nuggets are committing 19.1 fouls per game and they connect on 78.4% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Nuggets are shooting 48.7% from the floor, which is ranked 4th in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.8 times per contest (5th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per game. The Nuggets defensively are ranked 9th in the league in PPG surrendered with 110.2. The Denver defense gives up 35.9% from downtown (518 of 1,443) and their opponents are making 76.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 26.5 dimes and 41.8 boards per game, which has them ranked 27th and 5th in the NBA. They are able to force 14.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (15th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Denver (-6) and under 229.5 points
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