NBA Betting Preview: Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz – Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah
When: Saturday, January 12th at 10:00 PM ET
Spread: Utah -11
The Utah Jazz enters this game with a record of 21-21 and has won three of their last five games including a win against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday by a score of 106-93.
The Chicago Bulls enter this game with a record of 10-32 and have lost six games in a row including a road loss against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday by a score of 112-124 and against Golden State on Friday 146-109. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls are 10-32 overall and 19-22-1 ATS. The Chicago Bulls are one of the worst teams in the NBA and are rebuild mode and will likely not make the playoffs for a few more seasons. They currently have the 13th best record in the Eastern Conference and trail the Charlotte Hornets by 9.5 games for the 8th spot in the conference. Chicago is 19-22-1 ATS overall, 16-14-1 ATS after a loss, 9-11 ATS on the road and 19-21-1 ATS as an underdog.
Zach LaVine leads the team in scoring and assists with 822 points and 152 assists. Wendell Carter Jr leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 283 rebounds and 56 blocks. Justin Holiday leads the team in assists with 67.
Chicago is averaging 100.66 points per game which ranks 30th in the NBA. They are averaging 7.68 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 29th in the NBA. They are averaging 21.63 assists per game which ranks 27th in the NBA.
The Bulls are allowing 110.17 points per game which ranks 16th in the NBA. They are averaging 33.76 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 23rd in the NBA. They are averaging 7.85 steals per game which ranks 14th in the NBA.
The Jazz are 21-21 overall and 21-20-1 ATS. The Utah Jazz entered the season as a championship contending team with their young nucleus of players, but look like they may have taken a step back and could end up missing the playoffs this season. They currently have the 9th best record in the Western Conference and trail the Los Angeles Lakers by two games for the 8th spot in the conference. Utah is 21-20-1 ATS overall, 9-11 ATS after a win, 10-7 ATS at home and 15-14 ATS as a favorite.
Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 786 points. Ricky Rubio leads the team in assists with 246. Rudy Gobert leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 518 rebounds and 84 blocks. Joe Ingles leads the team in steals with 65.
Utah is averaging 107.81 points per game which ranks 22nd in the NBA. They are averaging 9.33 offensive rebounds per game which ranks 23rd in the NBA. They are averaging 24.74 assists per game which ranks 12th in the NBA.
The Jazz is allowing 105.55 points per game which ranks 4th in the NBA. They are averaging 34.88 defensive rebounds per game which ranks 13th in the NBA. They are averaging 8.74 steals per game which ranks 7th in the NBA.
Utah gets the win and cover at home
The Utah Jazz are a playoff contending team while the Chicago Bulls will finish with one of the worst records in the NBA. Neither of these teams are high scoring teams, but the Jazz has the 4th best scoring defense in the NBA which I look to be a key difference in this game. Utah is also 10-7 ATS while Chicago is 9-10 ATS on the road. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.