Despite beating LeBron and the Heat in impressive fashion last night, the Nuggets enter tonight's game in Atlanta as underdogs at the top sportsbooks.
Currently, we find the Hawks favored by as many as 6.5 points, with the total at 218 to 218.5. Atlanta is 28-35 SU and 28-34-1 ATS on the year, with Denver at 29-36 SU and 28-37 against the spread. Both teams have struggled.
It's somewhat strange to see the Hawks favored by this kind of number, considering they've been downright terrible since February.
In their last 17 games, starting with a four-point home loss to Indiana on February 2nd, Atlanta has gone 3-14 SU, while sporting a miserable 2-13-1 ATS mark during that span. They've managed to climb their way out a little bit with consecutive wins, but those came over two bad teams in Utah and Milwaukee.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets have won four of their last six, with home wins over the Mavericks and Lakers and road victories over the Heat and Magic. Denver won this only season's meeting and has gone 6-1 SU in the past seven matchups with Atlanta.
Perhaps oddsmakers are thinking the Nuggets are due for a letdown, being that this is their third game in four nights. However, it was the bench that stepped up for Denver last night, with Ty Lawson being the only player that really played heavy minutes. That should help them out tonight.
In the end, we just think there's too much value in taking the points in this spot. Back the Nuggets.
Pick: Denver Nuggets +6.5
The Bulls will have revenge on their minds tonight when they entertain DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings at United Center.
The last time these two teams met up on the court, Sacramento won 99-70 at home, easily smashing the NBA betting lines as 1.5-point favorites. The Kings have now covered the spread in four straight matchups with the Bulls.
When we look over Sacramento's recent history though, we see a team that just can't get it together.
The Kings have lost three of four and six of nine, with their only wins coming over terrible opposition in Philadelphia, Milwaukee and New Orleans. Over their past nine contests, Sacramento is just 3-6 against the spread, putting them at 28-35-2 ATS overall this season.
As for Chicago, they've been up-and-down as of late, alternating wins and losses over their past seven games. They've beaten some top teams in Miami and Houston (along with the Pistons and Knicks), while losing to San Antonio, Memphis and Brookyln. Joakim Noah is doing it all for this team right now, and the likes of Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson have stepped it up as well.
The Bulls have been a profitable team to back with your sports picks, having gone 7-3 ATS in their previous 10. They continue to play great defense (91.6 PPG allowed over last five) and Tom Thibodeau seems to have found a rotation that he's comfortable with.
As good as Chicago looked in Thursday's dominant win over the Rockets, it's going to be tough to go against them tonight. The Bulls play the game the right way, while Mike Malone (and some players) recently called out the Kings for playing selfish individual ball. Who do you think we're taking with our NBA picks?
Pick: Chicago Bulls -8.5