10:30 PM ET, November 21, 2013
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Online spots betting fans weren’t impressed when the Chicago Bulls managed to keep their winning streak alive with a brave effort their last time out.
Tonight, and moving forward, the Bulls need to get by without one of their best defenders.
This evening Jimmy Butler will miss the first of several games when the team opens their annual circus trip versus former teammate Nate Robinson and the Denver Nuggets.
The Bulls (6-3) have followed a 1/3 start with five straight wins, a stretch during which they have limited rivals to an average of 81.8 points. The team held the Charlotte Bobcats to 36.3 percent shooting in Monday’s 86-81 victory, but as YouWager experts point out, that result came at a cost and that cost was Butler.
The 24 year-old guard, averaging 11.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and a team-leading 1.8 steals, suffered a sprained right big toe and will not accompany the team on its six-game road swing. Butler is listed as week to week.
Derrick Rose has had a tough time being able to regain his MVP form after missing all of last NBA season with a torn ACL, posting career lows of 15.0 points on 34.4 percent shooting and 4.5 assists per game. The star player had 12 points and shot 4 of 13 versus Charlotte, his second game back since sitting out Friday with a hamstring injury.
Chicago is possibly going to need a big game from Rose as they try to end their difficulties in Denver, which has taken 12 of 13 in the series at home, including the last seven by an average of 15.0 points. The Nuggets have won the past four NBA games overall, though Rose didn’t play all of them.
The Bulls are surely looking forward to reuniting with Robinson, who joined Denver (4-6) after spending last season in Chicago and averaging 16.3 points in the playoffs. The 29 year-old player has been dealing with a wrist injury, averaging 4.2 points in limited minutes over the last six games, but he’s hoping to be ready for tonight’s game.
Denver is back home looking to avoid a third straight defeat after falling 115-113 versus the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Ty Lawson had 29 points while J.J. Hickson scored 18 to go with 19 boards.
The Nuggets are currently averaging 112.3 points during a three-game home winning streak.