Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls - 11/21/13
Chicago Bulls (6-3) at Denver Nuggets (4-6)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets +3.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls go for their sixth straight win tonight when they pay a visit to the Denver Nuggets on NBA Thursday.
The Bulls lost three of their first four games of the season but are really starting to find their feet now, winning their last five straight including an 86-81 win against the Bobcats on Monday. In a game where the Bulls shot just 36.0 percent from the field, Luol Deng provided a constant flow of points, finishing with a team-high 21 points including a backbreaking three pointer that gave the Bulls a lead of four points with just 27 seconds left in the game. Carlos Boozer added a double double of 12 points and 17 rebounds while Derrick Rose continues to show signs of rust as he scored just 12 points and five assists. With the win, Chicago rise to 6-3 on the season and 5-0 at home, but they are just 1-3 on the road so far.
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Meanwhile, the Nuggets are returning home from a tough two-game road trip where they lost to the Rockets and the Thunder. On Monday against OKC, Ty Lawson continued his breakout season with 29 points and eight assists, while JJ Hickson had a season-best 18 points and 19 rebounds. The Nuggets were playing from in front for the majority of the game until the Thunder took the lead for good in the last 1:26 of the game. On the defensive end, the Nuggets held the Thunder to just 40.9 percent shooting, but really shot themselves in the foot, missing 19 of 43 free throws and allowing 19 rebounds. With the loss, Denver fall to 4-6 on the season and 1-4 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a win, while the Nuggest are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the home team is 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the Bulls are 1-5 AT S in the last six meetings in Denver.
The Bulls have won five straight now, but only one of those came against a team above .500 so the win streak is a little misleading. Meanwhile, the Nuggets are coming off back to back losses but have been pretty good at home lately so I'll be taking the home team with the points in this one. The line opened at 3.5 but has shrunk down to just one point, but I'll take it anyway.