We have ten NBA games on tap for Monday, November 28, and this inter-conference duel is one of them, so feel free to read the best Bulls vs. Jazz betting pick and odds.
Utah is desperate to avoid the fifth consecutive defeat when they host Chicago at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The Jazz are -2.5 favorites on BookMaker Sportsbook, while the total is set at 234.5 points. These inter-conference rivals have faced on two occasions last year, and each time, the home side got a victory.
Bulls fell short of the Thunder in OT
The Chicago Bulls (8-11, 9-9-1 ATS) were agonizingly close to recording the third win in a row for the first time this season, but they fell short of the Oklahoma City Thunder 123-119 in overtime on the road. Chicago is showing improvement, though, as they beat Boston and Milwaukee before this loss, and it seems that the Bulls are slowly getting into the rhythm. It was a pretty tied game in Oklahoma, but the host made 28 free throws opposite Chicago’s 19, which was the most obvious difference.
DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with 30 points, team-high six assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Zach LaVine followed him with 27 points, five boards, and five dishes, while Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double of 13 points and team-high 12 rebounds.
PG Lonzo Ball is sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery on his left knee, and he is not expected to return before 2023. SG Alex Caruso is questionable to feature on Monday against Utah with an ankle injury.
Jazz are slowly sinking
The Utah Jazz (12-10, 13-9-0 ATS) are going through their worst period of the season as they suffered four consecutive defeats for the first time this year. It’s now seven losses in nine games for the Jazz, who almost upset the Phoenix Suns in the most recent game on the road. Utah did lose narrowly 113-112 but shot well from the field (50.6%) and hit 13 triples opposite Phoenix’s six. However, the Jazz committed twice as many turnovers (12-6), which was crucial in this loss.
Jordan Clarkson led Utah with 22 points, five rebounds, and team-high five assists. Collin Sexton scored 20 points with five dimes and a couple of steals, Lauri Markkanen recorded a double-double of 15 points and team-high ten boards, while Malik Beasley had 14 points, five rebounds, and four dishes.
SF Rudy Gay (hand), PG Mike Conley (knee), and SG Johnny Juzang (wrist) are unavailable to play against the Bulls on Monday, while SF Leandro Bolmaro (concussion) is questionable.
- 7-3 ATS in the last ten road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 4-1 ATS in the last five Monday games
- 10-24-2 ATS in the last 36 games following a straight-up loss
- 0-4 ATS in the last four games playing on one day of rest
- 2-7 ATS in the last nine Monday games
Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz Pick
The Jazz entered this season on a high note and surprised everyone, but things are slowly settling down and it’s going to be what we all thought before the season started – the Jazz will have one of the weakest records in the league. Chicago, on the other hand, is on the rise, and even though two wins in three games doesn’t say a lot, it’s evident that the Bulls are improving. They have a better team than Utah, and I am backing them to get a win on Monday. The Jazz do have a better offense, but Chicago’s defense is going to prevail here. The Bulls are allowing 112.0 points per game, while Utah, who surrendered 120+ points in four of its previous six games, allows 115.6 ppg.
Pick: Take the Bulls at +4.5 (-130)
The Bulls are improving, and it’s clear that their offense is playing better now than earlier in the season. Chicago scored 118+ in each of its last three games after failing to do so in six consecutive, and in combination with Utah’s poor defense, I expect to see the Bulls score over 120 in this one. The Jazz have the fourth-best offense in the NBA that is averaging 117.1 ppg, so the points shouldn’t be missed in this encounter. Over is 4-1 in the Bulls’ last five road games; Over is 5-1 in the Jazz’ previous six overall, while Over is 5-0 in Utah’s last five games following an ATS win.
Pick: Go Over 232.5 points (-130)