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When and where: January 12, 2019, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT, 10 PM ET
The Chicago Bulls will try to snap a six-game losing streak on Saturday when they go on the road to take on the Utah Jazz. Things finally appear to be turning around for the Jazz, who are 4-1 in their last five games. The one loss came to the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Jazz are coming off back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic. Meanwhile, the Bulls were most recently stomped into the ground by the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
The Bulls’ ugly night in Oakland
It was utter domination by the Warriors when they hosted the Bulls at ORACLE Arena on Friday night. Not that anyone expected the Bulls actually had a shot at going on the road and knocking off the best team in basketball. However, things did reach epic levels of ridiculousness as the Bulls defense allowed Warriors star guard Klay Thompson to score 30 points and knock down seven 3-pointers.
It was lights out in the first quarter with the Warriors pulling ahead 43-17. The Bulls went on to lose the game in considerably lopsided fashion, 146-109. Perhaps the most disheartening part is the fact that the Bulls actually played decent offensively for a change, and it still wasn’t enough to even get close to the Warriors’ ridiculous firepower.
Star guard Zach LaVine was the only Bulls starter that scored in double figures with 29 points and four rebounds. Forward Bobby Portis contributed 16 points, four rebounds and two steals off the bench to go along with Antonio Blakeney’s 12 points and Ryan Arcidiacono’s 10 points.
Utah’s Mitchell too much for the Lakers
There was still no LeBron James on the court when the Jazz and the Lakers played on Friday night, and the Jazz took advantage by unleashing star guard Donovan Mitchell. It was as dominant of a performance as we’ve seen from the second-year first-round draft pick.
📹| Donovan with 33 points—his 4th straight game with 26 points or more.
He added 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks & 1 steal.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 12, 2019
He shot 14-of-24 from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-pointer for 33 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two blocks. The Lakers looked helpless as he quickly took over the game on both ends of the floor. His blistering performance came on a night where the Jazz didn’t shoot the ball particularly well. The team collectively shot 39.6 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from 3-point land. However, it was definitely better than the Lakers’ 18.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Forward Joe Ingles finished the game with a double-double—14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Rudy Gobert also turned in a double-double with 12 points, 18 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks to go along with Derrick Favors’ 15 points and 13 rebounds.
- Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Jazz are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Jazz are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bulls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference.
- Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bulls are a flawed team in too many ways to have any faith in choosing them on the road against a surging Jazz team. As shown in the win over the Lakers, the Jazz are a versatile team when rolling on all cylinders, and they can hurt opponents in so many different ways. They didn’t even have their best shooting night, and they were still able to bully the Lakers on the defensive end of the floor and muster enough offense to win the game.
Three players notched double-doubles in that game for the Jazz. Take a moment and let that thought sink in.
Meanwhile, the Bulls are heavily dependent on LaVine to do everything. They have the last-ranked scoring offense in the NBA and the sixth-worst shooting percentage. Their defense also ranks among the worst in the league in efficiency. The Jazz may not be all the way there offensively, but they remain one of the best defensive teams in the league. They should have no trouble locking up the overmatched Bulls and running away with this game.
Prediction: Utah Jazz (-11)
Full-Game Total Pick
The under is 9-1-1 in the last 10 head-to-head games between the Jazz and Bulls in Utah. I don’t have any faith in the Bulls’ moribund offense putting up much of a fight against the third-best scoring defense in the NBA. Take the under in this one.
Prediction: Under (206)