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NBA: Nuggets vs Bulls Predictions

NBA  betting action sees the Denver Nuggets taking on the Chicago Bulls on Thursday January 4 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  Cappers Picks provides free NBA handicapping tips all season long.

The Bulls welcome the visiting Nuggets on New Year’s Day. Not quite a showcase but there is only one other game that day.

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Denver Nuggets (13-19) vs. Chicago Bulls (22-10)
Thursday January 1
United Center – Chicago, IL
NBA Betting Lines:  Chicago -11.5
NBA Betting Total:  206.5 
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The Nuggets have to be hoping to turn over a new leaf in 2015.

They closed the season on a two game losing streak and overall have not been having a very good season.

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The Nuggets have good depth but they are completely lacking in any sort of star quality.

They have struggled on the road all season long and this game looks a little trappish as they are on the road playing after New Year’s eve – I wonder if anyone has done the numbers on that to see if there is something there.

Injuries haven’t helped but this team is pretty outgunned these days.

They used to be able to rely on Melo to get buckets but now they lack someone who can really make shots even the defense is all over them.

In their last game one of their leading scorers was Jusuf Nurkic, their backup center.

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That usually is not a place team’s turn to for points and the rookie big is unlikely to be a force again versus a team like Chicago.


The Bulls had a brain cramp in their last game losing by 14 points to Brooklyn as a 10 point favourite…at home.

They are looking to correct that quickly with the Nuggets coming to the Windy City.

Prior to that game they had won 7 games in a row so there is little reason to worry, though not having Kirk Hinrich in the lineup has an effect.

Sometimes reserve guard Aaron Brooks is a world beater and other times not.

That is why Hinrich is a valuable piece of the puzzle.

The Bulls are the better team by far and at the moment there is no news that Derrick Rose it sitting this one out so they should roll.

He had a terrible game against Brooklyn in their recent loss but should bounce back, almost the whole team was awful in that one, except for Mike Dunleavy who scored 23 points.

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Even good teams have those games from time to time but they bounce back too.

NBA Handicapping Trends:

  • Under is 4-0 in Nuggets last 4 games following a S.U. loss.
  • Nuggets are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
  • Nuggets are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Over is 5-1 in Bulls last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
  • Bulls are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points.
  • Nuggets are 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
  • Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
  • Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago.

4* NBA Prediction: Chicago -11.5

Not a ton of value here but the Bulls should rebound and get the easy victory.

NBA Score prediction:  Chicago 103 – Denver 90

Got a little break on the line with the loss last time out.

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