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NBA odds preview - Bulls vs. Nuggets

Chicago BullsDenver Nuggets
6-3November 21, 2013, 10:30 | Pepsi Center4-6

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Thursday when the Bulls of Chicago hit the hard court against the Nuggets of Denver.

Denver will face the 6-3 Bulls, who own a 4-5 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Nuggets are 7-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bulls are 3-6 favoring the OVER.

View Chicago Bulls vs Denver Nuggets Odds and Stats.

Denver opened as 3.5-point underdogs at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 197 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Nuggets at No. 10 and the Bulls at No. 9 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 96-90 result in favor of the Bulls.

In their last action, Chicago was an 86-81 winner at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (167) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Chicago earned an 86-81 victory over Charlotte on Monday, getting 21 points from Luol Deng at United Center.

Denver lost its last outing, a 115-113 result against the Thunder on November 18. The Nuggets covered in that game as a 9-point underdog, while the 228 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Nuggets wasted a 29-point performance from Ty Lawson as Oklahoma City ran past them 115-113 on Monday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Denver's No. 2-rated squad against Chicago's No. 4-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Denver rates No. 15 in the league with 7.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 27 with 5.44 per outing.

Next up:
Chicago at Portland, Friday, November 22nd
Denver home to Dallas, Saturday, November 23rd