Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls Pick

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Date: 
March 23, 8:00 PM EDT
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Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Chicago +8
Total: 
215

The Chicago Bulls (21-52) and the Utah Jazz (42-30) will meet in a late-season cross-conference clash. The tip is set for 8:00 PM ET and will be televised on WGN. Despite the contrasting win and loss records, this has been a well-balanced series as each team has won two of the last four meetings between both parties. Despite this trend, Chicago has been the profitable choice as they have gone 3-1 ATS over this four-game spread. Most recently, Utah hosted the Bulls in January and defeated them 110-102 enabling Chi-town to cover as a 12-point underdog.

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Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls Overview

Utah Jazz

The Jazz fell victim to an upset against a pesky candidate. As a 7.5-point favorite, Utah was shocked on the road in the ATL on Thursday at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. The Jazz fell by a score of 117-114 and as a result, saw a five-game winning streak straight up and against the spread brought to an end.

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls extended their winning streak to two games after they pulled off an upset as a four-point underdog at the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Overtime was required to declare a winner, but Chicago nonetheless got the job done defeating the Wizards 126-120.

Reasons To Back Utah

The stock will be low in Utah after the Hawks got the better of them on Thursday, but that makes this the ideal time to get the Jazz at a bargain. After all, Utah is the better team on both sides of the ball. Utah's defense ranks among the best in the league (5th overall) giving up 106.5 points per game. Chicago’s defense gives up a 20th ranked 113.2 points per contest. To complement this, Utah’s offense scores 110.7 points per match (19th in the NBA) while Chicago sits 27th in the league in offense scoring 105.6 points per game. There is a mismatch on both sides of the ball for Utah to take advantage of.

Reasons To Avoid Chicago

For some bizarre reason, Chicago plays better basketball on the road than they do at home this season. The Bulls have won 12 games outside of the Windy City, but they are just 9-27 SU on their own court. Moreover, the Bulls on average lose games at home by 8.3 points which plays ideally into Utah's hands as an eight-point choice.

Jazz at Bulls Pick 03/23/2019

The Jazz will rebound from the upset they endured on Thursday and responded with style. The fact that Chicago is priced as an even bigger dog compared to the fact they staged an upset in D.C. (a tough place for away teams to win) against the Wizards on their own court would suggest the market is not buying into Chicago's late-season tricks. Neither are we. The Jazz is the better team, and they will use this venue as an opportunity to demonstrate their supremacy.

Free Pick: 
Take Utah -8
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