Jazz vs Bulls Picks and Predictions for March 22

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Updated: March 22, 2021

Tomas Satoransky is averaging 7.0 assists per game in five contests since replacing Colby White in the starting lineup, and the Bulls have gone 4-1 ATS over that stretch.

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The Chicago Bulls close out the second half of their back-to-back Monday night against the West-leading Utah Jazz.

Utah will wrap up its five-game road trip looking for a winning record, while the Bulls are coming off a 100-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons. 

Here are our free NBA betting picks and predictions for Jazz vs. Bulls at 9:00 p.m. ET at the United Center.

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Injuries

Jazz: Rudy Gobert C (Quesitonable).
Bulls: Gary Temple SG (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games. Find more NBA betting trends for Jazz vs. Bulls.

The line opened at Utah -9.5, with the total at 231. Early action favored the Bulls and the Under, dropping the total to 229. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the spread (ATS) pick

The Jazz have stumbled lately, certainly by the lofty standards they set for themselves earlier in the season. While they’re still holding on to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, they haven’t won two in a row in nearly a month and are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games. That still leaves them as the NBA’s second-best team ATS, covering at a 63.4-percent rate, but it’s a far cry from the team that was once on a historic pace against the spread. 

The biggest culprit behind Utah’s struggles over its current 6-6 stretch, which followed a nine-game winning streak, has been its defensive play. Utah is 22nd in defensive rating over its last 12 games after spending the majority of the season in the Top 5. The Jazz now sit seventh in the NBA, while still holding on to a Top-3 spot in offensive rating.

They lead the West in points per game and have the best point differential in the NBA at +7.8, so not all is lost in Utah land. 

The Bulls, meanwhile, have been your typical Eastern Conference team. Meaning they could make the postseason, find themselves in a play-in game, or miss the playoffs entirely. Chicago is one game out of the eighth spot—and only 2.5 back of the Atlanta Hawks for fourth. It’s scoring more points per game than every team in the East outside of the three heavyweights (Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Milwaukee) at the top. 

Though the Bulls are a middling 19-22 SU, they’ve been one of the NBA’s Top-5 teams ATS with a 24-17 mark. They’ve won three of their last five games and have covered in four of them, including their 14-point win over the Pistons on Sunday night.

Back-to-backs are always tough and this will be especially difficult going up against Utah, but the Jazz haven’t shown any reason to trust them at covering recently, let alone a big spread. 

PREDICTION: Bulls +9 (-110)

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Over/Under pick

If the Jazz are to ever get their defense back on track, this feels like the right spot. Despite the Bulls having a solid offense and being a strong shooting team, the Jazz have had two days to rest since squeaking past the Toronto Raptors on Friday and should welcome this matchup as an opportunity to take advantage of a team playing on consecutive nights.

For a club with championship aspirations, Utah will eventually need to clamp down and get its defense in order. Perhaps the Jazz aren’t the juggernaut that ranked Top 5 in both offense and defense for most of this season (it’s a hard thing to do and they’ve been the only team of late that could claim such a title), but they’re better defensively than the bottom-third results they’ve churned out for the last month.

Utah is still anchored by Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert (questionable Monday) and possesses a number of other skilled defenders who can make life difficult for the opposition’s offense. Like any team, Utah will have its work cut out against high-usage guard Zach Lavine, who’s dropping 28.3 points per game, but the Bulls have been held to 100 points or fewer in three of their last 10 games and the Under is 1-5 over their last six. 

Chicago defends the 3-ball well, which is Utah’s greatest offensive strength, so if the Bulls have enough legs in them to guard the perimeter competently then this game could conceivably turn out to be a lower-scoring affair.

PREDICTION: Under 229 (-110)

Player prop pick

Tomas Satoransky has been on a nice little run since replacing Coby White in the Bulls’ starting lineup and is coming off a season-high-tying nine assists in Sunday’s win over Detroit.

Since taking over at the point, he’s played 25-plus minutes in five straight games after reaching that threshold six times in the previous 25 contests. He’s recorded at least seven assists in four of those five starts, and dished out five in the one game he fell short of that number. 

The Bulls clearly trust him, so much so that White played a season-low 16 minutes Sunday and logged 11 fewer minutes than Satoransky. That marked the biggest discrepancy in minutes between the two since the role change. 

As long as Satoransky keeps getting this type of run as a primary ballhandler with the starting unit, there will be an opportunity for him to compile counting stats. Ride him while he’s hot. 

PREDICTION: Satoransky Over 5.5 assists (-115)

Jazz vs Bulls betting card

  • Bulls +9 (-110)
  • Under 229 (-110)
  • Satoransky Over 5.5 assists (-115)

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