Chicago Bulls at Denver Nuggets - 3/19/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Denver Nuggets (24-16) vs Chicago Bulls (18-21)
Game Info: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)
Betting Odds: Denver Nuggets -6 -- Over/Under: 229.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets meet Friday in NBA action at the Ball Arena.
The Chicago Bulls look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 114 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 114.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 28.4 points and 5.1 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 18.7 points and six rebounds. Coby White is the third double-digit scorer and Thaddeus Young is dishing 4.4 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game.
The Denver Nuggets look for a win after winning seven of their last eight games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 115.7 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 26.9 points and 11.1 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 20.7 points and 4.7 assists. Michael Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-14 ATS in their last 16 Friday games. The Nuggets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Bulls last 4 overall. The over is 26-12-2 in Nuggets last 40 home games. The Bulls are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Denver and 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls have provided value in the underdog role this season and play some of their best ball on the road, but I'm not sure I trust them against some of the better teams in the league with reasonable lines. The Denver Nuggets are winning their last five games by an average of 7.6 points while shooting 49.3 percent from the field. The Bulls are 12-4 against the spread on the road, but I need another bucket or two to consider them here. I'll lay the chalk with the Nuggets.