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Bulls vs. Nuggets - 1/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Nuggets (13-19) at Chicago Bulls (22-10)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls -10 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT, CSNC

The Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls play New Years Day at the United Center.

The Denver Nuggets have lost four of their last five games and play their first road contest in eight days. On the season, the Nuggets are averaging 101.5 points on 43 percent shooting and are allowing 104.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Ty Lawson is averaging 16.2 points and 10.3 assists while Arron Afflalo is averaging 14.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. Wilson Chandler is shooting 41.8 percent from the field and Kenneth Faried is grabbing eight rebounds. The Denver Nuggets aren’t improving at all defensively, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 47.9 percent from the field and 39 percent from deep in their last five games. Defense has been the Nuggets weakness all season long, as they’ve lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing 100-plus points. The Nuggets are also just 4-11 SU on the road this season.

Bulls vs. Nuggets - 1/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls have won seven of their last eight games and continue to climb up the standings. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 102.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.7 points and 6.1 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 17.6 points and 11.1 rebounds. Derrick Rose is racking up 4.9 assists and Taj Gibson is shooting 53.4 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls have found their offense as of late, topping 100 points in five of their last eight games and shooting 36.4 percent from deep on the season. The Bulls have shown to be one of the top teams in the East but are just 8-6 SU at home, a record that I’m sure they’d love to build upon. Kirk Hinrich remains questionable with a hamstring injury.

The Nuggets are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central. The Bulls are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games. The Nuggets are 1-5-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and the home team is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings.

The Nuggets lack of defense isn't going to bode well against one of the more balanced teams in the league in Chicago. The home team has dominated the spread between these two teams over the years and I don't think that changes. Look for the Bulls to win by double digits. 

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