Thursday night when the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets go at it, each team will be attempting to either break or continue a streak. The Nuggets have lost two in a row while giving up an average of 118 points in both of those games. The Bulls, meanwhile, have won five straight while giving up an average of just 82 points per game during that streak.
On the season, this is a perfect example of the trend going on with each ball club. The Bulls rank second in the league in points allowed per game while the Nuggets are sixth in the league in points scored. Denver has kept their play at a pace where both teams will score plenty of points in their matchups, while the Bulls haven’t been an offensive juggernaut by any means, but they’ve played great defense.
While the Bulls are playing some of the best team basketball in the league right now, the Nuggets aren’t too far behind. Ty Lawson has averaged 22 points per game this year with the second-leading scorer in Denver, Wilson Chandler, putting up just over 13. The Bulls, on the other hand, have a leading scorer in Luol Deng who’s averaging 16.9 points per night. Derrick Rose, believe it or not, is third on the team in scoring.
With both teams depending on a variety of guys to score, they are in different spots right now. Chicago is sitting at 6-3, playing some of the best defensive basketball in the game as I said before. The Nuggets, though, are 28th in points allowed. That’s not all bad for Denver, because the fact that they can score and Chicago can’t is a reason why they have a chance to win this game.
As each team excels on opposite sides of the ball, it will be a great matchup to watch because in the end, something has to give. Will it be the Bulls defense or the Nuggets offense that wins the game? With the way the league has been over the course of the first few weeks, quite honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised with either outcome.