Utah Jazz vs Chicago Bulls 1/2/2020 NBA Picks and Game Analysis
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Utah Jazz vs Chicago Bulls 1/2/2020 – The Utah Jazz will put their three-game winning streak at stake against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday at United Center. This is the first time these two teams play each other this season. The Jazz, who have been undefeated since acquiring Jordan Clarkson from the Cleveland Cavaliers, opened in Las Vegas betting lines as 3.5-point road favorites over the Bulls, who got another blowout loss against the Milwaukee Bucks in their last game.
Utah Jazz vs Chicago Bulls 1/2/2020
Utah Jazz vs Chicago Bulls 1/2/2020 Betting Odds
Utah Jazz Betting
The Jazz are beginning to re-assert their presence in the West, thanks to a timely addition of super-sub Jordan Clarkson. In Utah’s 104-81 win over the Utah Jazz, Clarkson recorded 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc to lead the second unit. Donovan Mitchell scored a team-high 23 points, and Rudy Gobert racked up 13 points and 19 rebounds.
Players to Watch: Donovan Mitchell (25.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.2 APG)
Bojan Bogdanovic (20.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.2 APG)
Rudy Gobert (14.9 PPG, 14.1 RPG, 1.5 APG)
Chicago Bulls Betting
The Chicago Bulls once again succumbed to their mighty Central Division rival, suffering yet another blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, 123-102. Zach LaVine scored 19 points, while Lauri Markkanen and Coby White tallied 18 points each. Chicago shot 37 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc in a game that saw them having only eight trips from the foul line.
Players to Watch: Zach LaVine (23.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.8 APG)
Lauri Markkanen (15.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.7 APG)
Wendell Carter, Jr. (11.8 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.1 APG)
Utah Jazz vs Chicago Bulls 1/2/2020 Betting Numbers
Utah are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Chicago are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games.
Mike Conley PG Hamstring is out indefinitely
Otto Porter Jr. SF Foot is out indefinitely
Utah Jazz vs Chicago Bulls Betting Picks
The NBA spread (3.5 points) for this game is a bit surprising, considering the Jazz is one of the truly elite teams in the West while the Bulls are looking like a lottery-bound team as the season progresses.
Moneyline: The Jazz should be in a good position to take a straight-up win. They now have the firepower and defense to outslug any opponent and avoid any fluke against sub .500 teams like the Bulls. Plus, they are 18-5 this season when entering a match as favorites.
ATS: A 3.5-point handicap really bodes well for bettors picking the Jazz to cover the spread. Again, Utah has become a lot more effective offensive unit with the arrival of Jordan Clarkson. Expect them to win this one by double figures.
TOTALs: The total opened at 212 points. I pick UNDER given that Utah just held down the Pistons to 81 points in their last game.
Score Prediction: 106 – 95 Jazz