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Chicago Bulls vs Denver Nuggets Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Chicago when they hit take on the Nuggets on Thursday in pro hoops betting action.
The Nuggets sport records of 31-18 and 29-20 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Bulls sit at 29-19 and 20-28 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 29-20 for the Nuggets and 20-28 for the Bulls. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 7-rated Nuggets and the No. 8-rated Bulls in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 101-100 win for the Nuggets on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Denver's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 104.2 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 91 PPG. The Nuggets field goal percentage has averaged 46.8% so far, more than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 43.9% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bulls own the league's No. 3-rated mark, allowing 94.2 points per game when playing on the road. Denver, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring on their home court.
Chicago was a 111-101 loser in its last match on the road against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 212 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Bulls got 24 points from Marco Belinelli, but it was Indiana that prevailed in a 111-101 final on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Denver won its last outing, a 112-104 result against the Bucks on February 5. The Nuggets covered in that game as a 7-point favorite, while the 216 combined points took the game OVER the total. Denver earned a 112-104 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday, getting 22 points from Ty Lawson at Pepsi Center.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Utah are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 8-2
After a loss are 9-1
Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 8-2
After playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After a win are 9-1
A few Bulls at Nuggets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing Denver
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 8 games on the road
Chicago is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 10 games when playing on the road against Denver
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver's last 5 games at home
Chicago at Utah, Friday, February 8
Denver at Cleveland, Saturday, February 9