NBA Betting: Denver Nuggets at Chicago Bulls
- Updated: February 21, 2014
Two teams couldn’t be going in opposite directions more than the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets right now. One is playing some of its best ball of the season, while the other is fading fast. They will lock horns on Friday night in NBA betting action that is scheduled to take place at 8:05 PM ET at the United Center in the Windy City.
Chicago has won four games in a row and now sits with a record of 28-25, which is good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game behind the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls have also compiled a mark of 25-27-1 against the basketball pointspread. Denver has lost five of its last six games and is struggling in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are 25-28 straight-up, which means that they are six games behind the Dallas Mavericks, who hold the eighth and final playoff position in the West. Denver’s record against the basketball odds is just 23-29-1.
Customers at VietBet has to be surprised at the way Denver has shot the ball lately. The Nuggets had an awful time of it on January 10 at the Banker Life Fieldhouse, shooting just 31.5% in a 39-point loss to the Indiana Pacers. They followed that two nights later by hitting just 39% in a 27-point defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coming out of the break, they made things closer against Phoenix, losing by just five points (112-107) but still shooting just 38.4%.
They had, in fact, dropped six games in a row to the NBA betting odds until they got well on Thursday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, who many other teams get well against. The Nuggets shot 51% against the worst team in the NBA, and were led by Kenneth Faired, who had 26 points to lead all scorers, and Randy Foye, who handed out ten assists. Foye is going to see extended action on Friday night because Ty Lawson, Denver’s cat-quick point guard, is going to be out for the fifth straight game with busted ribs.
Basketball bettors should take note that Denver made a couple of moves before the trading deadline that affect the point guard position. Gone is veteran Andre Miller, who had been in Brian Shaw’s doghouse and was not being used anyway. He goes to the Washington Wizards, where he will back up John Wall. The Nuggets also picked up Aaron Brooks, who came from Houston in exchange for guard Jordan Hamilton.
If you are one of those VietBet customers who aren’t convinced that a win over Milwaukee is enough to indicate any team is out of its doldrums, then you will consider Denver to have very little momentum coming into this contest as they take the short trip south to meet the Bulls, who had won three in a row before the All-Star break and returned with a 94-92 win at Toronto on Wednesday night to gain a game on the team that is just ahead of it them in the standings. what is interesting for NBA bettors to look at is the fact that the Bulls have shot exactly 50% for three games in a row, which is extremely encouraging for a team that is just under 43% for the season, making Chicago one of the league’s worst shooting teams.
There is help coming from places that were perhaps unexpected. DJ Augustin, who the Bulls picked up to help fill the void left by the season-ending injury to Derrick Rose, had 19 points against the Raptors, the team that had actually waived him earlier in the season. Taj Gibson had 68 points and 31 rebounds in three games he started in place of Carlos Boozer last week.
Jimmy Butler had 16 points against Toronto the other night, while Noah handed out 13 assists. The latest development is that he is being more of a playmaker, with 45 assists in the last five games. He has also pulled down double digits in rebounds in 23 of his last 25 games.
Right now the Bulls have covered four consecutive games against the basketball betting lines and have played eight of their last eleven games under the totals as they have been posted at VietBet, which is, incidentally, the home for “reduced juice” and other great offers as they relate to your pursuit of NBA betting. Open an account up today!