In this battle between two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of their respective conference, the Chicago Bulls (21-52), looking to end their current small winning streak, are hosting the Utah Jazz (42-30), who on the other hand saw a lengthy winning streak end and want to bounce back in this game.
Date/Time: 03-23-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Chicago Bulls +8
Chicago Bulls have a 21-52 record (33-39-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Wizards with a 126-120 score in overtime, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 23.7 ppg, adding 4.7 boards and 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Lauri Markkanen with 18.9 ppg and a team high 9 boards per game.
Utah Jazz have a 42-30 record (38-32-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 7th place of the West. In their last game they saw a five-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Hawks with a 114-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 23.8 ppg, adding 4 boards and 4.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15.4 ppg and a team high 12.9 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Jazz won at home with a 110-102 score. Bulls have a 9-27 home record, while the Jazz are 19-17 on the road. Jazz are better both offensively, scoring 110.7 ppg to Bulls’ 105.6 and defensively, allowing 106.5 ppg to Bulls’ 113.2. They also have a better field goal percentage (46.3% to 45.6%) and Bulls have a better 3-point percentage (35.8% to 35%). Jazz are better in boards grabbed (46.2 to 42.6) and in dimes made (25.6 to 22.2), while Bulls are only better in turnovers committed (13.8 to 14.7). Jazz are the favorite and Vegas odds give them a -8 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Utah Jazz vs Chicago Bulls Prediction: Utah Jazz -8 (-108)
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