Bulls visit Jazz in hoops battle
Chicago Bulls vs Utah Jazz Odds
The Jazz will try to cover the spread at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday when they get a visit from the Bulls in basketball action.
The Jazz bring a 28-22 record (24-25-1 ATS) to the battle against the 29-20 Bulls, who are 20-29 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Utah go 23-26-1 so far and the Bulls go 21-28. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Bulls were listed as 3.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 186.5 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Jazz, currently No. 22 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bulls, who rate No. 8 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-95 victory for the Bulls.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Utah's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 98.1 PPG, against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 91.8 PPG. The Jazz field goal percentage has averaged 45% so far, more than the Bulls shooters have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.
Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 7-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.7 points per game. Utah, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.
The Bulls were a 128-96 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (224) made winners of OVER bettors. Chicago was crushed on Thursday, getting run out of the gym by Denver and falling 128-96 at Pepsi Center.
Last time out for Utah, they were a 100-86 winner as they battled the Bucks at home. The Jazz covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 186 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Jazz grabbed a 100-86 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, behind a 19-point effort from Al Jefferson at EnergySolutions Arena.
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 8-2
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2
Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Sacramento are 3-7
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few Bulls at Jazz trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Utah
Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Utah
Utah is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
Utah is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games at home
Chicago home to San Antonio, Monday, February 11
Utah at Sacramento, Saturday, February 9