Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz
NBA: Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST
The Bulls have lost six in a row and in their last game they were throttled on the road losing to the Golden State Warriors 37 points. They are tied with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns for the 2nd fewest wins in the league. Chicago ranks dead last in the league in ppg and while ranking in the middle of the pack in terms of points allowed their D has been torched lately.
The Jazz have won two in a row and four of their last five games and they are one game over .500 on the season. They are one game out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference only one game back of the L.A. Lakers. Utah ranks 3rd in the league in points against giving up an average of 105.3 ppg and in their last two games they have given up 93 and 95 points respectively.
While the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games facing Utah they are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against them on the road.
Out of the game early
In their last game, the Bulls were slaughtered on the road losing to the Warriors 146-109 where they were outscored 43-17 in the first quarter. They shot 44.9% from the floor with a good 3-pt FG% of 45%, but allowed Golden State to shoot 57.6% and 46.2% from deep. Zach LaVine was the only starter for Chicago to go for double figures with 29 points and reserves Bobby Portis and Antonio Blakeney combined for 28 points in the bad loss.
LaVine leads the Bulls in scoring on the season at 23.6 ppg and he has gone for at least 27 points in three of his last four games. Lauri Markkanen ranks 2nd on the team averaging 16.5 ppg and leads the squad in rebounding and he has failed to score over 14 points four of his last five games. On the season, the Bulls are only 5-16 on the road.
Great D and Mitchell lead to win
The Jazz were at home in their last game beating the LeBron-less L.A. Lakers 113-95 where they played great D and Donovan Mitchell had a big game. While Utah only shot 39.6% from the floor they held the Lakers to 35.9% shooting and he held them to a 3-pt FG% of 18.5%. Every Jazz starter went for double figures led by Mitchell with 33 points and a career high nine assists. Joe Ingles and Rudy Gobert each went for a double-double and they combined for 26 points and 30 rebounds. Mitchell leads five Utah players that are averaging in double figures at 21.7 ppg and he has gone for 33 points in each of his last two games and had 26 points in each of his previous two games before that.
📹| Donovan with 33 points—his 4th straight game with 26 points or more.
He added 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks & 1 steal.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 12, 2019
Gobert (14.7 ppg) is the 2nd leading scorer for the team and ranks tied for 7th in the league in rebounds per game. This season the Jazz are 10-8 at home.
The Utah Jazz are:
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
The Chicago Bulls are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
So, the Bulls have lost six in a row and have failed to cover in four of their last five road games against the Jazz, who have won two in a row. On top of that the Jazz have one of the best defenses in the league and face the lowest scoring team in the league in the Bulls. Yeah, Utah is the pick in this game. The Jazz will win their 3rd in a row, cover the spread, and send the reeling Bulls to their 7th straight loss.
Prediction: PICK: Jazz
Full-Game Total Pick
While the Bulls have an Over record of 4-0 in their last four games the total has gone Under in 10 of their last 12 games facing the Jazz. The last trend is the one that will continue in this non-conference game. The Jazz will keep the Bulls’ offense in check and the Jazz will not light it up. Add those things up and you get the Under.
Prediction: PICK: Under