HRWager’s NBA Alert is on the Chicago Bulls visiting the Utah Jazz on the first of February. Former Bull Jamal Crawford came out blazing to start the fourth quarter to spur late action and turn it into a Clippers 120-93 rout over Chicago. Now the disinterested Bulls get to limp home on the back end of consecutive nights against a young Utah team. The Jazz do the defense things that Chicago is unwilling to do these days. Home team has already gone from -1 to -2 in early action.
Bulls gave up over fifty percent from the floor and beyond the arc last night. Butler is his usual all star self with plus twenty points but this team can not win in an offensive showdown. However, they love to think they can run after all those defensive years. At 26-20, they are on the verge of being below the top four in the East this year. Most of their trends going into Utah are not good. 10-11 on the road with being losers of four of six overall. They had little energy left in the fourth quarter.
A young team full of promise that got ravaged early on with injuries. They look like they have made the adjustments and are in the middle of a six game homestand. Friday, they administered a double digit KO in the second half against Minnesota. Their defense lead the way. Hood has been playing lights out for them. Derrick Favors is back with a near double double getting twenty points and just one rebound short. Gordon Hayward was not energetic in this one but with two straight nights of rest and at home, he should be in peak form on Monday.
This is your unload situation here. Chicago is in the dumps while the Jazz have their pieces humming along. The -2 is ripe for the exploit to open up the new month. Good fortune in our NBA Free Pick and we will see you tomorrow here at the HRW.