As the Nuggets are set to play the Bulls in Chicago, there’s something that is worth mentioning right off the bat. Today marks two years to the day that the Bulls battled the Atlanta Hawks in the third-highest scoring game in NBA history. They picked up a 168-161 win in 4OT, with three players scoring at least thirty points. Perhaps, more early-March magic can happen.
Denver is currently sitting at 18-15, though they have an unnamed player entering health and safety protocol. One can only hope it’s an end-of-the-bench guy, and that said player is okay and healthy. The rotation has been in flux for much of the season for the Nuggets, with key guys constantly having to miss time. A player they really miss on the defensive end is PJ Dozier.
Chicago meanwhile sits at 15-17, just two games out of possibly hosting a playoff series. It has been that type of year in the East, which has featured just three teams that can win more than one out of every two games. It’s hard to explain exactly what has happened, but Toronto and Boston have fewer wins than the New York Knicks. Just that kind of season.
The spread for Monday’s showdown is sitting at Denver -5.5. The over/under is set at 231 points.
Nuggets Looking for Win #19
18-15 is not a bad record to have if you’re hoping to make the playoffs. But if you just came within three wins of the NBA Finals, this is not what you hope to see from the Nuggets. They have been up-and-down, with Nikola Jokic being the only consistency here. Jamal Murray has not gotten any better after his magical bubble performances.
Monte Morris signed an extension and has amassed a larger role. A healthy Will Barton has provided a nice scoring touch. But they are very short-handed up front, with a number of guys shuffling in and out and messing with the rhythm of things. The one thing that is the same has been that Bol Bol, the team’s “top target” from the 2019 draft, is still getting zero minutes.
Let’s see if they can beat Chicago on the road.
Bulls Looking to Inch Closer to .500
As Lauri Markkanen has remained out of the lineup, the Bulls have found a way to remain competitive. It’s not good for Markkanen’s career beyond this season as he hasn’t been extended yet, but it is fantastic to see the talent the team has finally starting to flourish. Zach LaVine got his first All-Star nod, which was a long time coming.
Coby White has been extremely inconsistent but has proven at times to be the answer at the point-guard spot. He can score as well as he can pass, which makes him a good fit next to LaVine. The return of Wendell Carter Jr. has given the defense a jolt, while Thaddeus Young continues to show just why the team signed him two years ago.
Nuggets Get It Done
Sorry Bulls, but not today. Denver will get the road win.
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