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Jazz take on Bulls in hoops contest

Utah JazzChicago Bulls
March 8, 8:00 PM | United Center

Utah Jazz vs Chicago Bulls Odds

32-29TEAM RECORD34-27

The Bulls will hit the floor running against the visiting Utah Jazz on Friday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Jazz will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 29-31-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulls are 27-34 ATS. Utah is 30-30-1 against the total, while Chicago is 26-35 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 7-rated Bulls and the No. 16-ranked Jazz, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-95 result in favor of the Bulls.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 92.5 PPG, against a Jazz defense that ranks No. 17 at 98.8 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 43.6% so far, less than the Jazz shooters have achieved on the year, 45.1% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Jazz own the league's No. 20-rated mark, allowing 102 points per game when playing on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 30 in scoring on their home court.

Utah was a 104-101 loser in its last match on the road against the Cavaliers. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 205 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Gordon Hayward went off for 25 points and added 0 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Cleveland defeated Utah, 104-101 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 101-83 loser as they battled the Spurs on the road. The Bulls failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog, while 184 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago suffered a 101-83 loss against San Antonio on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Marco Belinelli in a losing effort at AT&T Center.

Utah Jazz Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing New York are 9-1
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Jazz at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Utah's last 7 games
Utah is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Utah
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing at home against Utah
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Chicago's last 25 games at home

Next up:
Utah at New York, Saturday, March 9
Chicago at LA Lakers, Sunday, March 10