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NBA Picks: Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 8, 2013

NBA Picks: Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz

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    The Chicago Bulls (29-20) will close out one of the more difficult back-to-back situations in the NBA, which is important to handicap when making your against-the-spread picks Friday night, as they take on the Utah Jazz (28-22) at EnergySolutions Arena.

    Sports bettors will find that the Bulls are four-point road underdogs in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total was sent out at an opening number of 186.5.

    Head coach Tom Thibodeau will likely be fired up for this affair, considering the Bulls allowed 128 points in a loss to the Denver Nuggets Thursday.

    Let's take a closer look at this non-conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction on the total.

Chicago Bulls

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    The Chicago Bulls have dropped back-to-back games heading into this affair, but they've gone 8-0 against the spread when playing on Friday during the 2012-13 NBA season.

    Sports bettors will also find that the Bulls have covered the number in seven of their last nine meetings with the Utah Jazz.

Utah Jazz

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    The Utah Jazz have won 10 of their last 11 home games, which includes a 100-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks as 5.5-point favorites Wednesday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the Jazz are 12-18-1 ATS in February the last two-plus seasons.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks Friday night, as the UNDER is 4-0-1 in the last four meetings between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.

    NBA Pick: Under 186.5

     

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