Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls - 11/25/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (8-5) at Denver Nuggets (6-7)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -2.5 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
Derrick Rose is expected to play tonight when the Chicago Bulls visit the Denver Nuggets.
The Chicago Bulls have obviously been cautious with Rose for the past couple seasons now, but he is expected to feature tonight for his first back to back appearance since 2013-14. Rose returned from injury last night to post 18 points and five assists in just 25 minutes, while Pau Gasol returned to score 23 points of his own, but the best player for the Bulls was once again Jimmy Butler who led the way with 25 points in 44 minutes. As a team, the Bulls shot a healthy 50 percent from the field and nine of 20 from the three-point line, but they definitely lacked that killer instinct because they had the Jazz down 21 points in the second quarter but had to fight right till the end to escape with the 97-95 win. It was such a big boost for the Bulls to get two of their top players back, but they are still without key players Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson.
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Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets lost six of their first seven games to start the season but have since won five of their last six and their last four straight after overcoming the Lakers on Sunday. Ty Lawson led the way with 18 points and 16 assists, Wilson Chandler added 19 points while three other players finished in double figures, but this win was all about defense and the Nuggets proved that by holding the Lakers to just 37.1 percent shooting, three of 24 from the three-point line and just two made field goals in the final 8:15 for a 101-94 overtime win on the road. With the win, Denver improves to 6-7 on the season and 3-4 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games following a win, while the Nuggets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Bulls are just 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Denver and the Home team is a perfect 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings overall.
Gasol, Hinrich and Rose are all questionable for tonight's game so it's really hard to take the Bulls with any confidence in this one. Be sure to check the lineups just before tipoff, but the safer bet has to be with the in-form Nuggets at home.