Denver Nuggets vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 3/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Monday, March 1, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-5)
The Denver Nuggets (18-15) are headed to United Center on Monday where they'll take on the Chicago Bulls (15-17). Denver opens this matchup as 5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 228.5.
The Denver Nuggets faced the Oklahoma City Thunder and walked away with a win by a score of 126-96 in their last contest. Denver ended the game with a 55.1% FG percentage (49 of 89) and knocked down 15 of 31 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Nuggets buried 13 of 16 tries for a percentage of 81.3%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 49 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 30 assists for this game while forcing 14 turnovers and having 6 steals. With respect to defense, Denver allowed the other team to shoot 42.0% from the floor on 37 of 88 shooting. Oklahoma City earned 24 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, Oklahoma City totaled 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Oklahoma City went 73.3% at the charity stripe by making 11 of their 15 tries. They also converted 11 out of their 47 tries from beyond the arc.
Jamal Murray is one player who played a role for the contest. He ended up finishing with 26 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 30:48 minutes played and grabbed 2 boards. Murray finished the game shooting 60.0% from the floor and also distributed 5 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in this contest for the Nuggets was Michael Porter Jr.. He snagged 10 rebounds in his 27:54 min on the basketball court. He went 63.6% from the field for the matchup by going 7-of-11 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Porter wasn't able to record an assist.
Denver will play this game with a mark of 18-15 on the year. They are giving up possession 13.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 19.6 fouls every game. As a team, Denver is collecting 43.6 rebounds per contest and has tallied 872 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 3rd in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Nuggets are shooting 38.7% on 3-point shots (446 of 1,153) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 115.5 pts per game (4th in the NBA) while shooting 48.2% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Nuggets are forcing 14.5 turnovers per game and they draw 20.5 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 35.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 10th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (111.2). The Nuggets defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.2% (480 of 678) and they surrender 42.1 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 27th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 879 surrendered on the year.
In their last game, the Chicago Bulls took a defeat with a final score of 106-97 when they played the Phoenix Suns. The Bulls recorded 35 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 42 in the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while getting 2 steals in the game. The Suns committed 11 fouls for this game which took the Bulls to the charity stripe for 10 attempts. They were able to make 7 of the free throw tries for a rate of 70.0%. When talking about 3-point shots, Chicago knocked down 12 of their 31 attempts (38.7%). When all was said and done, the Bulls went 39 out of 79 from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.4%. The Bulls permitted the Suns to convert 44 out of 88 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 50.0% for this contest. They shot 27.3% from 3-point land by going 6 out of 22 and ended up shooting 12 of 15 from the free throw line (80.0%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Chicago allowed Phoenix to snag 30 in total (3 on the offensive side).
Zach LaVine ended up being a factor for the Bulls for this game. He buried 9 out of 16 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 56.3%, and tallied 1 rebound. LaVine racked up 24 points in his 33:02 minutes on the court and totaled 4 assists in the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Chicago was Coby White. He left the arena with 4 assists in his 31:10 minutes played, and he put in 7 of 16 from the floor. White walked away from this one going 43.8% from the field while also earning 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Chicago has a mark of 15-17 this year. The Bulls commit 20.2 personal fouls per contest and they hit 79.9% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 26.2 times per game (8th in the league) and they turn it over 16.2 times per game. Chicago has totaled 3,670 points for the season (114.7 per contest) and they grab 44.3 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Bulls are shooting 48.6% from the field, which is 4th in basketball. The Bulls defensively are ranked 24th in the league in points allowed per contest with 114.8. They have forced 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (21st in basketball). The Chicago defense surrenders 35.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (375 of 1,062) and opponents are converting on 77.8% of their foul shots. They have given up 23.8 assists and 42.7 rebounds per game, which is 9th and 9th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (-5)
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