CHICAGO @ DENVER | 1/17 | 9:00 PM EST
The Chicago Bulls will be in looking for their first win in nine games when they travel on Thursday to take on the Denver Nuggets. Eight straight losses, including Tuesday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, has Chicago desperate for a win. They’ll have their work cut out for them on the road against an angry Nuggets team that were embarrassed at home in a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The Pepsi Center felt more like ORACLE Arena on Tuesday night as the Warriors ran circles around the Nuggets. It didn’t matter that the Nuggets had the sixth-best scoring defense in the league. There is no stopping the offensive locomotive of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green when it’s moving full steam ahead. The Nuggets obviously didn’t play a great defensive game, but it’s hard to fault them when an opponent gets hot enough to set an NBA record for points scored in the first quarter (51). Some teams fail to score 51 points in an entire half. It was all downhill from then on out for the Nuggets.
The Bulls had another opportunity to put an end to their growing losing streak against a Lakers team still without LeBron James, but they struggled down the stretch and coughed up their eighth straight loss. It doesn’t matter if they’re at home or on the road. The Bulls are having an exceptionally difficult time closing out games. They played themselves into a chance of beating the Lakers on the road, and then ruined that opportunity with too many fouls and points off turnovers. It also didn’t help matters that they shot 40.2 percent from the floor and 29.0 percent from 3-pointer. The Lakers managed to cash in 25 points off 15 turnovers and sunk 23-of-34 free throws.
This is a great bounce-back spot for the Nuggets against the road-weary Bulls. Look for Denver to cover for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings.
PICK *DENVER -12