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Utah Jazz vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/12/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Vivint Smart Home Arena
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Line
The Line: Utah Jazz -11 -- Over/Under: 205.5
TV Channel
NBCH, ATRM
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The Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz meet Saturday in NBA action at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

The Chicago Bulls could use a victory here to snap a six-game losing streak. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 100.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.5 points and 4.3 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 17 points and 7.3 rebounds. Jabari Parker is the third double-digit scorer and Wendell Carter Jr. is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost 12 of their last 15 road games.

The Utah Jazz look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Utah Jazz are averaging 107.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 20.7 points and 3.5 assists while Rudy Gobert is averaging 14.7 points and 12.3 rebounds. Ricky Rubio is the third double-digit scorer and Jae Crowder is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Utah Jazz are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have won eight of their last 10 home games. 

The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The Jazz are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Utah and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 10-3-1 in Jazz last 14 overall. The under is 7-1 in Bulls last 8 games playing on 0 days rest.

The Utah Jazz are playing some of their best basketball of the season at the moment, finally showing signs of returning to the team they were supposed to be before the season began. The Chicago Bulls are being outscored by 13.2 points in their last five games, not playing a lick of defense and are on the end of a back to back. The Bulls are also a rough 3-9 ATS this season as a double-digit underdog. The Jazz don't usually shoot the ball well enough to be a double-digit favorite, which explains why this is just the third time they've been one this season, but this pick has more to do with how bad the Bulls have been this season. It's Jazz or pass for me in this contest.

Pick:
Utah Jazz -11

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