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Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Line Pick

Time: 8 PM EST Friday February 21, 2014, ESPN

Location: United Center, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Bulls host the Denver Nuggets in a non-conference match up.

In their last games: The Nuggets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-90 and the Bulls beat the Toronto Raptors 94-92.

In their win on the Bucks the Nuggets played solid defense, but they mainly won because of their offense, which shot 51.3% from the field.

The Bulls won their 4th straight with a win over the Raptors were they shot 50% from the field and they hit on 7 of their 12 3-pointers.

Earlier this season in Denver the Nuggets beat the Bulls 97-87.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Chicago is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games against the Nuggets.

In the last 7 games between these 2 teams in Chicago the total has gone Over 5 times.

The Bulls have the league’s 2nd ranked defense giving up an average of 92.3 ppg and in their 4-game winning streak they have only given up an average of 84.8 ppg.

The Nuggets have won their last 5 games against the Bulls.

The Nuggets snapped their 5-game losing streak with a win in their last games.

Betting Odds 

Point Spread: Bulls -7.5

Total Line: 192.5

 

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Denver Nuggets: 25-28 SU 23-30 ATS

Chicago Bulls: 28-25 SU 26-27 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• DEN is
1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
• DEN is
1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
• DEN has an Over record of
7-3 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
• CHI is
4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
• CHI is
13-5 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• CHI has an Under record of 8-3 in their last 11 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings

Denver Nuggets: 88.41

Chicago Bulls: 89.90

Key Player Injuries

Nuggets
[C] 11/10/2013 – JaVale McGee out indefinitely ( Tibia )

[G] 02/20/2014 – Aaron Brooks doubtful Thursday vs. Milwaukee ( Acquired )

[G] 01/31/2014 – Nate Robinson out for season ( Knee )

[F] 01/22/2014 – Danilo Gallinari out for season ( Knee )

(!)[G] 02/11/2014 – Ty Lawson out indefinitely ( Ribs )

Bulls
(!)[G] 11/23/2013 – Derrick Rose out for season ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick

The Bulls carried their hot streak before the break into Toronto and knocked off the Raptors. They did have the scheduling advantage in that game with their opponent playing back to back games and they have that same set up again tonight when hosting the Nuggets. Denver did knock off Milwaukee last night and find themselves in an unenviable 3 in 4 spot tonight. Chicago hasn’t been the best bet at home with a 12-13 ATS mark, but they have been playing better overall and are 6-4 against the line in their last 10 as a host.
Take the Chicago Bulls -7

Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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