The DENVER and the CHICAGO will both be gunning for a victory on 10/31/2018 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
DENVER NUGGETS vs CHICAGO BULLS
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
|703||DENVER||8 (-110)||225.5 (-110)||-360
TV: 8:05 PM
PREDICTION: CHICAGO , DENVER
Oddsmakers currently have the CHICAGO listed as 8 point favorites versus the DENVER, while the game’s total is sitting at 225.5.
The Chicago Bulls followed up their best defensive game of the young season with one of the worst defensive performances in franchise history. The Bulls will try to settle into some consistency at that end of the floor when they host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
Chicago earned a 97-85 win at Atlanta on Saturday that marked a season low for points allowed but was shredded 149-124 at home by the Golden State Warriors on Monday – the most points allowed in a home game in franchise history. “It’s unacceptable to start the game like that, especially against the defending champs,” Bulls guard Zach LaVine told reporters after watching the Warriors open a 92-50 lead at the half. “We have to have better energy, better toughness. We just didn’t have it. It’s on us. They played the way they were supposed to.” Denver’s offense isn’t quite as explosive as Golden State’s, but it is plenty capable of putting up some big numbers. The Nuggets, who handed the Warriors their only loss so far this season, bounced back from their first setback by knocking off the New Orleans Pelicans 116-111 on Monday.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Altitude (Denver), NBCS Chicago
ABOUT THE NUGGETS (5-1): Guards Gary Harris and Jamal Murray combined for 46 points and seven steals in Monday’s win, and Harris believes this Denver squad is destined for more than the team that just missed out on the playoffs last season. “We have a lot of energy right now,” Harris told reporters. “The vibe around the team is different this year, especially playing last year … I think y’all can feel it, we can feel it, everybody can feel it. It’s just a different vibe around the team.” The Nuggets are built around center Nikola Jokic, who scored a season-low 12 points on Monday but came up just shy of a triple-double with 10 assists and nine rebounds.
ABOUT THE BULLS (2-5): Chicago allowed Warriors guard Klay Thompson to set an NBA record with 14 made 3-pointers in the rout and watched Golden State shoot 55.2 percent from the floor. “The disappointing thing is the lack of edge we played with to allow them to get comfortable and get confidence and get going,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters. “When they hit us in the mouth, we didn’t respond well. It’s pretty simple: We got our (butt) kicked.” The Bulls can find a positive in the play of rookie power forward Wendell Carter Jr., who scored a season-high 18 points in his second straight double-figure outing.
1. Nuggets PF Trey Lyles scored a season-high 17 points off the bench on Monday – his third straight game scoring in double figures.
2. LaVine scored 21 points on Monday and either led or tied for the team lead in scoring in each of the first seven games.
3. Denver took the last five in the series, including a 135-102 triumph at Chicago in the lone visit last season.
PREDICTION: Nuggets 111, Bulls 110