Nuggets vs Bulls Prediction - NBA Picks 12/12/23

Chicago Bulls (9-14) vs Denver Nuggets (14-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls +8.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Denver Nuggets invade the United Center to do battle with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Here’s a Nuggets vs Bulls Prediction.

Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets weren't looking too good during their three-game skid, but they are now looking to build some momentum after taking down the Hawks in a 129-122 road win last night. Jamal Murray led the team with 29 points, nine rebounds and four assists on 12 of 15 shooting, Nikola Jokic tallied 25 points with eight rebounds and nine assists, Julian Strawther provided the spark off the bench with 22 points and five steals while Aaron Gordon chipped in with 18 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Nuggets shot a healthy 53 percent from the field and 12 of 29 from the 3-point line as they poured in 37 points in the second quarter to erase an early 11-point deficit, before they scored another 38 points in the third quarter to lead by as many as 20 points. Michael Porter Jr. had a night to forget as he scored just three points on one of 11 shooting. The Nuggets are 15-9 in the Western Conference and are chasing the Dallas Mavericks (14-8).

Denver Nuggets Player Facts

  • Nikola Jokic ranks 1st amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.8) this season.

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Chicago Bulls

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls will be looking to bounce back in this one after having their four-game win streak halted by the Bucks in a 133-129 overtime road loss last night. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 41 points and 11 assists, Coby White added 33 points with six rebounds and four assists on 12 of 20 shooting while Patrick Williams chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Bulls shot just 41 percent from the field and 15 of 34 from the 3-point line as they clawed their way back from a 14-point deficit to force overtime thanks to a clutch shot from DeRozan with 3.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter. However, the Bulls allowed the Bucks to open the overtime period with a 7-0 run which spelled the end for them.

Chicago Bulls Player Facts

  • DeMar DeRozan ranks 8th amongst qualified Forwards for assists per game (5.3) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for Q1 points per game this season (25.1).
  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for Q2 points per game this season (24.9).
  • The Nuggets rank 30th in the league for free throw percentage this season (71.5%).
  • The Nuggets rank 30th in the league for free throws made per game this season (14.4).

Nuggets vs Bulls Prediction

The Nuggets were able to snap out of their funk with a much-needed win over the Hawks last night and it was encouraging to see someone other than Jokic lead the Nuggets in scoring for a change. The Bulls were on a season-high four game win streak before they fell to the Bucks in a tough overtime loss last night, so they will be quietly confident coming into this one. The Nuggets are deserved favorites in this one, but I just feel that the line is a bit too generous here. I like the Nuggets to get the win on the road, but the Bulls are a pesky team and I think they hang around just long enough to get the cover at home.

Peter’s Pick Chicago +8.5

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