Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz - 3/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (33-35) at Chicago Bulls (34-33)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -2.5 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Jazz will be looking to build on their current four-game win streak after making light work of the Suns in a 103-69 rout on Thursday. Trey Lyles led the team in scoring with 17 points while Shelvin Mack and Joe Ingles added 15 points each as the Jazz dominated the second half by 57-31 to blow past the Suns and improve to 33-35 on the season which is currently good enough for ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just half a game behind Dallas who is currently in eighth place.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls have lost seven of their last 11 games but looked good in Thursday's 118-102 win over the Nets. Doug McDermott continued his hot streak with a team-high 25 points off the bench while Jimmy Butler added 22 points and seven assists as the Bulls jumped all over the Nets to lead by 55-37 at halftime before having to hold off a rally from the Nets in the second half. Pau Gasol missed his third straight game with a knee injury and is expected to sit out tonight at against Utah.
In ATS trends, the Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games, while the Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games.
Head to head, the Jazz are 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Bulls were already without Gasol, but there was a chance that Taj Gibson could miss time as well, but he has been cleared and is expected to play through a minor hamstring injury which is a major boost for the Bulls. The Jazz have been good enough to win their last two games without their leading scorer in Gordon Hayward, but they could have trouble against the Bulls without him. Take Chicago to pull away late and get the win at home.