Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz - 11/8/13
Utah Jazz (0-5) at Chicago Bulls (1-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -13 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls hope to turn things around with a visit from the slumping Utah Jazz on Friday night from the United Center.
Head to head, the Jazz are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings while the underdog is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings. The Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall, but 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Jazz on the other hand are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, but just 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
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Having won just the single game through the first week and a half of action, it hasn’t been the ideal start to the season for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. A number of factors have contributed to their slow start from their tough schedule, which have included games against Miami, New York and Indiana, to the play of Derrick Rose, who has looked rusty after an 18-month layoff from an ACL injury. Through four games, Rose is averaging 15 points per game on 31% shooting as he continues to work his way back into game shape. Although they have never been known as an offensive force, but the Bulls have struggled to put the ball in the basket in the early going, averaging just 93 points per game thus far, which ranks 23rd in the league.
It’s fair to say the Utah Jazz have also had their fair share of struggles in the early going as they remain one of only two teams yet to win a game this season. In fact, the Jazz are off to their worst start since 1974 when they also opened the season with five straight losses. In what is clearly a rebuilding year for this young squad, Utah has really struggled on the offensive end in their first season without main stayers Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, who both left via free agency this offseason, as they are averaging just 90.8 points through five games, which is good for 27th in the league. One bright spot for this Jazz squad has been the play of forward Enes Kanter, who leads the team with 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
As far as picking a side goes, this is a tricky one because even though the Bulls will be keen to put in a good effort, you just can't really justify taking them as such large fovorites given how they have played so far, especially Rose. Instead, the under looks like the safer bet here. I've already touched on both teams offensive struggles this season and when you look at it, only two of their last seven combined games have gone over 90 individual points. Take the under here
Dan’s Pick: Under 187