97-98 Chicago Bulls vs. 97-98 Utah Jazz - 5/17/20 NBA2K NBA Sim Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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97-98 Chicago Bulls at 97-98 Utah Jazz
NBA2k Sim: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Line: 97-98 Utah Jazz +4 -- Over/Under: 215.5
The 97-98 Chicago Bulls and 97-98 Utah Jazz meet Sunday night in a NBA2K simulation game.
The 97-98 Utah Jazz were ranked 79 overall with a 67 inside scoring rating and a 86 outside scoring rating. The 97-98 Utah Jazz had a two-headed monster in Karl Malone who was a 96 overall and had a diving dunk rating of 75, while John Stockton was 93 overall and had a three point shot rating of 87. Jeff Hornacek and his 81 overall rating and 92 three point shot rating as well as Bryon Russell and his 76 overall rating and 80 three point shot rating provided the depth. The problem with the 97-98 Utah Jazz is the quality players really drop off after those four guys and scoring can come tough at times outside of Howard Eisley and his 80 three point shot rating. The 97-98 Utah Jazz have two hall of famers and are a quality outside scoring team, but there are concerns once Malone and Stockton leave for the bench.
The 97-98 Chicago Bulls were ranked 80 overall with a 77 inside scoring rating and a 80 outside scoring rating. This is the Bulls team you’re watching on ESPN’s Last Dance, so it obviously goes as far as Michael Jordan carries it, as he’s ranked 98 overall with an 81 rated three point shot and a 80 driving dunk rating. Scottie Pippen brings in a 89 overall rating with a 77 three point shot and Dennis Rodman is rated 85 overall wit ha 65 driving dunk rating. The depth of the 97-98 Chicago Bulls comes with Ron Harper who is rated 79 overall and Toni Kukoc who is rated 78 overall with an 80 rated three point shot. We also can’t overlook Steve Kerr and his 90 rated three point shot. The 97-98 Chicago Bulls ratings kind of fall off after those handful of players, but there’s no denying they have a three-headed monster and sometimes that’s all you need to be effective in the video game world.
This is a rematch of the 97-98 NBA Finals that was decided in six games and every game outside of the third contest came down to the wire. In fact, if you remove the game three blowout, this series was decided by an average of three points per game. The 97-98 Utah Jazz could have easily prevented the three peat with a bounce here or a bounce there. Knowing that and knowing these teams aren't all that deep in terms of highly rated players outside of the Hall of Fame duos both teams are led by, I'm going to predict another close game that's decided in the fourth quarter.
Give me the 97-98 Utah Jazz and the points.