Nuggets vs. Bulls - 10/13/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
Bulls vs. Nuggets
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The Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls will play Monday night preseason basketball at the United Center.
The Denver Nuggets are 1-2 in the preseason and have been clicking offensively at a high clip. The Nuggets shot 56.9 percent in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and 40.2 percent against the Phoenix Suns. Danilo Gallinari returned in the Nuggets most recent game, and he looked terrific by knocking down five of his nine shot attempts. One player who has really shined for Denver has been rookie Gary Harris, who has scored a combined 27 points and has dished three assists in the first three games. Kenneth Faried has been dealing with a minor ankle injury, but he’s expected to play in this matchup. The Denver Nuggets have to feel optimistic with the way they’ve played so far.
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The Chicago Bulls have lost two of their three games and are looking to jell by the time the season begins. Pau Gasol is coming off his best game in a Bulls uniform, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Derrick Rose continues to iron out any wrinkles, as he’s played a combined 50 minutes and has scored 33 points. As the Bulls continue to search for point guard depth, Aaron Brooks has really impressed at both ends of the court, especially on defense where he’s come up with a few steals. Rookie Doug McDermott is still trying to find his groove, but he has made one three in each of the first three games. The Chicago Bulls are simply getting a feel for one another and looking to improve on the offensive side of the ball.
With Kenneth Faried back in the lineup and a hungry Nuggets team looking to improve, I'll gladly take Denver and the points here. The Bulls are still trying to figure things out and aren't really concerned with victories.