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(10-31) Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz (21-21)
Date: Saturday January 12
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Utah -11
NBA Betting Total: 205.5
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The Bulls may only have ten wins but they’re still enough to keep them out of the cellar in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, where the 8-win Cleveland Cavaliers reside.
Chicago has lost five in a row and it will be six after it visits Oracle Arena on Friday night. This game in Utah won’t be much easier against a hungry Jazz team looking to pick up wins wherever and whenever it can.
Chicago is healthy for the first time pretty much all season, with the exception of Denzel Valentine, the former Michigan State star who is out for the remainder of the season.
Justin Holiday was leading the team in minutes played per game before he was dealt to Memphis last week. Kris Dunn, Shaquille Harrison, Ryan Arcidiacano and Zach LaVine now have a little more room to breathe. It was the right move for Chicago, as Holiday is playing his best basketball now and doesn’t really fit the Bulls’ window.
That window begins with Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., the last two first-round draft picks that have both shown comfortability at the NBA level individually and are now learning to play together.
In theory, the pairing works. Markkanen is an outside shooter that can space the floor and Carter is a tough-nosed defender and inside threat who also defends exceptionally well. The Bulls will likely seek wing scoring going forward.
The Jazz is a perfect .500 on the season, against both the East, West and overall. It will host the Lakers the night before this game, a stretch of back-to-back home games.
Utah is thin in the backcourt, currently, with Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Grayson Allen all out with injuries. It has thrust Raul Neto in the starting lineup and Royce O’Neal into more ball-handling duties as pretty much the only backup guard on the roster.
And, of course, Donovan Mitchell is getting heavier minutes and more of an offensive workload in the meantime. He played 37 minutes and scored 33 points in Utah’s most recent victory over Orlando.
Allen could be back soon but the two point guards are going to miss at least a couple of weeks each. Can the young buck carry his team for the rest of the month like he carried it at the tail end of last season?
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-1 in CHI last 8 Sat. games.
- Over is 5-2-1 in CHI last 8 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 7-1 in UTA last 8 home games.
- UTA are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Under is 10-3-1 in UTA last 14 overall.
- Under is 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings in Utah.
- Under is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings.
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction: Utah at home.
I’m not so much worried about Utah’s injuries in this game. It’s going to be out for blood.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Utah ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Chicago 98 – Utah 113
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