NBA Picks: Bulls vs. Nuggets

PJ Laferla

Thursday, February 7, 2013 4:08 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 4:08 PM GMT

Tonight, a stellar defense goes up against an even better offense tonight, as the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets lock horns in one of two NBA matchups on the board tonight. Find out below who we are siding with for our NBA picks.

NBA Picks: Nuggets Host Bulls; Will Look To Extend Winning Streak

The Chicago Bulls (29-19 SU, 13-9 ATS away) will be on the road once against this evening, as they prepare to challenge the Denver Nuggets (31-18 SU, 16-8 ATS home) in a matchup that features two teams who count on opposite styles to win basketball games. Chicago stifles opponents with their defense, while Denver looks to run you out of the building.

Will it be the solid defense by the Bulls or Denver’s high-octane offense that comes through and beats the NBA odds tonight?

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The game is set to tip off at 10:30 PM EST from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado and can be seen live on television, with national broadcast coverage provided by TNT.

The online sportsbooks have agreed to give the advantage to Denver is this one, favoring them by -6 points. And if you are looking to make a play on the total, the decision will be a difficult one, going over or under 195.5 points, as one team is all about offense, while the other boasts a defense as its cornerstone.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls lost their last time out on the road, a game they dropped to the Indiana Pacers by a score of 111-101 this past Monday night. They also failed to cover the betting lines as 5.5 point underdogs; but the Bulls are an impressive 13-9 ATS when playing on the road this season.

The Chicago Bulls are a team that relies strictly on its defense to win games. In fact, their stingy defense holds opponents to just 91 points per game, which is 3rd best in the league and their 42.8 field goal percentage allowed comes in at second - only to the Pacers (41.9%).

While Chicago boasts a nice ATS road record this season, their numbers when facing the Nuggets aren’t so good. The Bulls are just 1-4 ATS in their last five matchups against the Nuggets when the game is being hosted in Denver and 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 meetings overall.

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets come into play tonight riding a seven-game winning streak and as a result are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now.

Denver is also producing for us NBA bettors, as they are a 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played at home and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall. Additionally, Denver is perfect at 8-0 ATS in the last eight games played at home when facing a team that has a winning SU record on the road.

While we know Chicago is all about their defense, Denver is a “think offense” team all the way. They are shooting 46.8% from the felid and averaging more 104 points per game, both of which rank in the top five among all NBA teams.

The Total

As expected, the Bulls are under in seven of their last ten games played on two days rest and 37 of their last 56 played on a Thursday, but it does comes as a surprise that they are over in six of their last eight games played on the road.

Given the Nuggets highflying offense, it explains why 10 of their last 11 games played at home have gone over the posted total, as well as seven straight when playing on one days rest.

When facing each other in Denver, seven of their last ten matchups have eclipsed the total between the Bulls and Nuggets.

The Pick

Chicago has played well on the road, but going up against a hot Denver team at home, who has looked unbeatable, is talk task for the Bulls to accomplish. For tonight's sports picks lay the chalk with the Nuggets and you will be happy with the results.

NBA Picks: Nuggets -6

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