Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz
Tip-off: Friday, February 8, 2013 -10:30 PM ET
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
YouWager experts aren’t impressed with how things have been going on the Chicago Bulls‘ six-game road trip. Tonight things are bound to get harder when they meet the Utah Jazz, a team doing a great job at home.
The Jazz will look for a 11th win in their last 12 tries at EnergySolutions Arena while trying to send the Bulls to a season worst-tying third straight loss tonight.
Utah (28-22) hasn’t done a great job away from home, but a Utah-packed stretch has helped them get back into the Western Conference NBA playoff picture with the All-Star break approaching.
The Jazz have improved to 19-5 at home with Wednesday’s 100-86 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks, earning their ninth win in their last 12 games as only one of their defeats has come at home in that stretch.
Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap scored 19 points apiece for the Jazz, who have held opponents to 40.6 percent shooting over its last four games.
Coach Tyrone Corbin as well as several online sports betting fans have been impressed recently with Alec Burks, who is seeing increased minutes off the bench at point guard with Mo Williams (thumb) and Earl Watson (leg) out with injuries.
Chicago (29-20) allowed Denver to shoot 58.1 percent — the best a rival has shot against them this season — and gave up their most points since a 132-108 defeat versus the Jazz on March 9, 2010.
Joakim Noah scored only two points in his first game back after missing the last three due to plantar fascilitis in his right foot, and the Bulls shot only 41.8 percent.
Carlos Boozer, who reportedly has been mentioned in trade discussions for the Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani, scored 18 points.
Boozer scored a game-high 27 points in Chicago’s home victory last March, and had 14 in February 2011 in his return to Salt Lake City after signing with the Bulls in the summer of 2010.
Chicago has won six of the last eight meetings when playing against the Jazz, including two of the last three in Utah.