Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls 1/17/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting
Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls Preview
The Nuggets enter tonight’s game winning seven of their last 10 and losing their last game. The Bulls have lost their last eight and have only won one of their last 10.
The Pacers and Nuggets squared off early this season on Halloween, with Nikola Jokic finishing with 22 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in a 108-107 win. The Bulls were led by Zach LaVine’s 28 points.
Time: 9:00pm ET
Arena: Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Channel: NBCSCH+, ALT
Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup
The Nuggets had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. The Warriors won in dominant fashion as they snatched first place in the Western Conference back after the 142-111 win. The Bulls seem like the perfect team for a bounce-back game, but the Nuggets should not overlook the Bulls.
Chicago marks the first of a lighter schedule, also including games against the Cavs, Jazz, and Suns.
The Nuggets never could recover from the Warriors’ 51-point first quarter, and they were unable to limit Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, who scored 31 points apiece.
Nikola Jokic struggled. While he scored 17 points, he was only able to come away with four rebounds, well below his season average.
Denver did well offensively, but defensively, they struggled, which is always an issue when one player makes eight three-pointers and a team knocks down 60 percent of their three-pointer at different points in the game.
Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup
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The Bulls most recent in a long line of losses came against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, a team struggling in their own right. Wendell Carter Jr. injured his thumb in the game and will not play tonight.
Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, who have shown glimpses of becoming one of the better backcourt tandems in the future, struggled against the Lakers and only finished with a combined 16 points.
Jabari Parker plays well considering his limited minutes since he’s made it back in Jim Boylen’s rotation, likely as a tactic to showcase him for a trade. He racked up 18 points in just 19 minutes, leading the Bulls in scoring.
The Bulls are not a realistic playoff team, especially given they are only one and one-half games above Cleveland for last place in the East and the league’s worst record. Bulls fans at this point are likely more focused on the chance of pairing Carter with Zion Williamson than they are of seeing the Bulls in June.
Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds
The Nuggets are 13 point favorites to win tonight’s game. The over/under is 214 points and there has been no line movement since Denver opened at -1200.
Denver is 19-4 at home and 23-8 as the favorite. Chicago is 5-18 on the road and 9-34 as the underdog.
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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks
Nikola Jokic (11.3k) and Zach LaVine ($6.7k) are the standout fantasy players in this matchup. Jokic will be hoping to get past a rough performance against the Golden State Warriors, and FanDuel has him doing exactly that with a 49.98 point projection. LaVine is projected for 36.23 points.
LaVine fits as a fantasy value as well, but another option is Lauri Markkanen ($6.7k), who is projected for 30.84 points. For the Nuggets, Paul Millsap ($6.5k) fits the bill as FanDuel has him projected for 39 points.
Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections.