Nuggets vs. Bulls - 2/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (27-21) at Denver Nuggets (19-31)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, ALT
The Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets square off late Friday night at the Pepsi Center.
The Chicago Bulls need a nice road win after losing six of their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.1 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Pau Gasol is averaging 16.7 points and 11 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 15.5 points and 4.6 assists. Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.4 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.6 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have won five of their last eight road games. Jimmy Butler is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Denver Nuggets need a nice win after losing six of their last nine games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 100.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 103.6 points on 46 percent shooting. Danilo Gallinari is averaging 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while Will Barton is averaging 15.5 points and 2.3 assists. Kenneth Faried is grabbing 8.8 rebounds and Gary Harris is dishing 1.7 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Nuggets are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have split their last 10 home games. Darrell Arthur and Jameer Nelson are questionable.
The Bulls are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Denver and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Nuggets play their best ball at home, and I'm not sure we can trust a Bulls team that has a banged up Butler and Gasol. This is a stay away game for me. However, if forced to pick, I'd side with the healthier team at home.