Bulls vs. Jazz - 1/7/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (12-23) at Chicago Bulls (25-10)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -9.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSNC
The Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls square off Wednesday night at the United Center.
The Utah Jazz have split their last eight games and begin a three-game road trip. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 96.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 99.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 19 points and four assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 15.7 points and 8.5 rebounds. Trevor Booker is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Rudy Gobert is producing 6.5 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are getting the job done of the defensive side, as they’ve held five of their last seven opponents under 100 points and are allowing 43.8 percent shooting in their last five games. If only the Jazz could figure things out on the offensive side, they’d be a decent team to keep an eye on. Enes Kanter and Trey Burke are both questionable for this game with injuries.
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The Chicago Bulls have won 10 of their last 11 games and play their fifth straight home game. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 103.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting and are allowing 98.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while Pau Gasol is averaging 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds. Taj Gibson is shooting 52.2 percent from the field and Aaron Brooks is dishing three assists. The Chicago Bulls continue to win games despite shooting just 39.9 percent from the field in their last five games. The Bulls have survived many close games during this stretch but continue to find ways to win due to their scrappy style. Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy are all questionable for this game with injuries.
The Jazz are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Jazz are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Whether the Bulls starters play or sit, they're still a team that's been just skating by and isn't covering spreads. Meanwhile, the Jazz continue to fight and hold their own against solid comp. I like the Jazz and the points here.