Nuggets vs. Bulls NBA Preview and Best Bet for December 6

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The Chicago Bulls get their final look this season at reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic on Monday as the Denver Nuggets make their lone visit of the season to the Windy City. Which way to lean at BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks? Let’s see the NBA odds

Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls 

Monday, December 6, 2021 – 08:00 PM EST at United Center 

This wraps up the season series between the teams – I think it’s fair to say they will not meet in the NBA Finals. Chicago maybe could get there with the right breaks, but Denver isn’t winning the West without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Murray might be back late this season. 

On Nov. 19, the Bulls won in Denver 114-108. Zach LaVine was terrific with 36 points, five rebounds, and four assists. He basically took over in the fourth quarter. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points. The Nuggets were without reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic in that game along with Murray and Porter.

Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

Aaron Gordon had 28 points and Will Barton 23 but no other starter had more than nine points.  Even with that first loss, the Nuggets are 9-4 against the spread at BMR’s top-rated books in the past 13 meetings and 5-1 ATS in their past six in Chicago. 

Jokic Doing It All For Denver 

Since Nikola Jokic returned from an injury, the Nuggets have followed a six-game losing streak by winning two of three. With the team so injury-riddled, the 2020 NBA MVP pretty much has to do it all. In Saturday’s 113-99 upset win at the Knicks, Jokic was 14-for-19 shooting for 31 points with 11 rebounds and five assists.

He has a double-double in nine of his past 10 games. Jokic’s next triple-double would be his 60th career, breaking a tie for eighth all-time with the great Larry Bird. Zeke Nnaji had a career-high 21 points off the bench. He didn’t even total 21 points in his previous three games and only averages 8.2 ppg on the season.

Denver made 20 three-pointers vs. the Knicks, tying for the fifth-most in Nuggets history, with all nine players who attempted one making at least one. In addition to Murray and Porter Jr. out injured, PJ Dozier, Bones Hyland, and Austin Rivers are also out either due to injury or in the COVID protocols.

The Nuggets thus have to rely on their defense most nights to win. They rank third in the NBA in points allowed (103.9), first in opponents’ second-chance points (9.9 per game), and sixth in opposing three-pointers made per game (11.2). Denver is 2-6 ATS on the NBA picks in their past eight on the road. 

Bulls Could Be Beasts Of East 

Chicago won its third straight game Saturday and perhaps made a bit of a statement in a 111-107 victory at Brooklyn, which is the betting favorite on the NBA odds to win the Eastern Conference. Zach LaVine had 31 points and DeMar DeRozan 29, 13 of them in the fourth.  

DeRozan and LaVine are the only teammates and two of only five players overall in the NBA to score at least 20 points 19 times this season. Both have done it 21 times. DeRozan leads the NBA with 178 fourth-quarter points, while LaVine is No. 3 with 149. Lonzo Ball had eight points, nine rebounds, seven assists, three blocks, and two steals vs. the Nets.

He is the only player in the league this season to record 100+ rebounds (128), 100+ assists (119), 40+ steals (42), and 20+ blocks (22). Saturday was the second Bulls’ win this season over the Nets and thus Chicago already has clinched the season series if there were to be a playoff tiebreaker between them. 

Chicago also is missing a few guys in second-year forward Patrick Williams (likely done for the season), Sixth Man Coby White, and forward Javonte Green. The latter two are in the COVID protocols. Alex Caruso left Saturday’s game with a hamstring injury and is being called day-to-day.  

The Bulls are looking to win their first season series with Denver since the 1997-98 season. They had lost 13 in a row in the Mile High City before that earlier victory. Chicago is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 at home and simulations I have run have it winning 109-103 so we’ll give the points on our NBA picks… barely. 

NBA Pick: Bulls -5 (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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