Game Time: 8:00 pm ET, Monday, December 6, 2021
Venue: United Center, Chicago, IL
Where to Watch: NBCS-CHI
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Nuggets +4.5, Bulls -4.5; Over/Under: 215 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Nuggets +4.5, Bulls -4.5; Over/Under: 214 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Nuggets +4.5, Bulls -4.5; Over/Under: 213.5 points
Denver Nuggets: 11-11 (2nd place, Northwest Division)
Chicago Bulls: 16-8 (1st place, Central Division)
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Denver Nuggets vs Chicago Bulls Preview and Analysis
Denver Nuggets: 3-7 last 10
Chicago Bulls: 6-4 last 10
Denver Nuggets Analysis
The Nuggets are coming into this game with an 11-11 record overall and they are 4-7 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games and are coming into this one off of another win in their last game. Their last loss came against the Orlando Magic while their 2 wins were against the Miami Heat and the and the New York Knicks in their last game. Nikola Jokic went off in that game as he led the team in points in that game with 32 while Zeke Nnaji was next on the team off the bench with 21 points. Will Barton led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Jokic led the team in rebounds with 11. They were 52.4% from the field, 46.5% from 3-point range, and 100% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 104 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 103.9 PPG against them. The Nuggets have an ATS record of 9-13 this season and their O/U record is 11-11.
Chicago Bulls Analysis
The Bulls are coming into this game with a 16-8 record overall and they are 7-4 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 4 of their last 5 games and are coming into this one on a 3 game winning streak after another win in their last game. Their last loss came against the Miami Heat while their 4 wins in that span were against the Orlando Magic, the Charlotte Hornets, the New York Knicks, and the Brooklyn Nets in their last game. Zach LaVine went off in that game as he led the team in points with 31 while DeMar DeRozan was next on the team with 29 points. Lonzo Ball led the team in assists in that game with 7 and he also led the team in rebounds with 9. They were 47.7% from the field, 32.3% from 3-point range, and 70.4% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 109.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 105.2 PPG against them. The Bulls have an ATS record of 16-8 this season and their O/U record is 11-13.
Nuggets vs Bulls Prediction
The Bulls are coming into this game as a 4.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Bulls have been playing very well in their recent games and are coming into this one on a win streak. The Nuggets have been playing alright recently, but they have been struggling in a lot of their games over their last 6. The Bulls are a more complete team and have multiple players that can contribute to the offense while the Nuggets are pretty much just Jokic and if he is not playing well then they really have nothing going for them. The Nuggets have also been awful on the road this season and the Bulls are good at home. The best bet to place in this game is on the Bulls to cover the spread here as they are the better team and will win by a lot at home.
Nuggets Bulls Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Monday, December 6, 2021 (8:00 pm ET start time) is Bulls 104 Nuggets 96.
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NBA Betting Trends
Denver Nuggets: 5-1 O/U as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 5-1 O/U after 2 or more consecutive overs. 8-2 O/U after 5 or more consecutive overs. 15-5 O/U after having lost 4 or 5 of their last 6 games. 6-0 O/U after having lost 6 or 7 of their last 8 games.
Chicago Bulls: 7-2 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 16-8 ATS in all games. 10-4 ATS as a favorite. 7-4 ATS in home games. 15-6 ATS in December games. 16-8 ATS in the first half of the season. 7-4 ATS after 1 or more consecutive unders.
Denver Nuggets: B. Bol (C) Out indefinitely - Illness. N. Hyland (PG) Out indefinitely - Illness. M. Porter Jr. (PF) Out indefinitely - Back injury. A. Rivers (PG) Out indefinitely - Illness. P. Dozier (SG) out for season - Knee injury. J. Murray (SG) Out indefinitely - Knee injury.
Chicago Bulls: A. Caruso (SG) Doub Mon - Hamstring injury. J. Green (SG) Out indefinitely - Illness. C. White (SG) Out indefinitely - Illness. P. Williams (SF) Late April - Wrist injury.
"Winning is the best medicine." - Michael Malone after his team’s win against the Knicks on Saturday night.
"I thought they were the quicker, more responsive team earlier in the game. Coming out of the half we talked about the adjustments we had to make, and they went out there and did it. What DeMar did out there in the third and fourth quarter was amazing." - Billy Donovan on his team’s win against the Nets on Saturday night,
PG Monte Morris
SG Will Barton
SF Aaron Gordon
PF Jeff Green
C JaMychal Green
PG Lonzo Ball
SG Zach LaVine
SF Derrick Jones Jr.
PF DeMar DeRozan
C Nikola Vucevic
PPG: N. Jokic (26.1)
APG: N. Jokic (6.4)
Reb/G: N. Jokic (13.6)
PPG: D. DeRozan (26.4)
APG: L. Ball (5)
Reb/G: N. Vucevic (10.6)
Denver Nuggets: Michael Malone (7th season)
Chicago Bulls: Billy Donovan (2nd season)