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Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/17/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls at Denver Nuggets
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pepsi Center
Denver
The Line
The Line: Denver -12 -- Over/Under 212
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NBA | Chicago Bulls at Denver Nuggets
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The Chicago Bulls pay a visit to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night.

The Chicago Bulls are still searching for their first win of the New Year as they’ve lost nine of their last 10 games and they will be hoping to snap an ugly eight-game losing streak after falling to the Lakers in a 107-100 road loss on Tuesday. Jabari Parker led the team with 18 points in just 17 minutes off the bench, Lauri Markkanen added 17 points, while Zach LaVine chipped in with 10 points and eight assists. As a team, the Bulls shot just 40 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the 3-point line as they led for most of the game until the Lakers took control of the game in the third quarter. With the loss, Chicago fell to 10-34 overall and 5-18 on the road where they have lost five in a row.

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets have been in great form as they’ve won eight of their last 11 games, but they will be looking to bounce back after getting destroyed in a 142-111 home loss to the Warriors on Tuesday. Malik Beasley led the team with 22 points, Jamal Murray added 21 points with four assists while Nikola Jokic chipped in with just 17 points and eight assists. As a team, the Nuggets shot 45 percent from the field and 14 of 34 from the 3-point line but the writing was on the wall from the tipoff as they just had no way of stopping the hot-shooting Warriors who poured in a ridiculous 51 points in the first quarter. With the loss, Denver fell to 29-14 overall and 18-4 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss, 1-4-1 ATS in their last six against the Western Conference and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Nuggets are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

Head to head, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings, the Bulls are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Denver.

The Bulls just haven’t been able to buy a win lately and it doesn’t feel like things are going to turn around anytime soon with all the internal drama going on. The Nuggets were on a nice run before getting absolutely blown off the court against the Warriors on Tuesday, so they will be desperate to bounce back and make up for that embarrassing loss. The Bulls are just 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings and four of their last eight losses have come by double digits, so I’m taking the Nuggets to win this one in a blowout.

Pick:
Denver -12

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