Chicago Bulls vs Utah Jazz

The 113-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers marked a third straight win for Chicago and is a strong way to kick off a six-game road trip. The Bulls will work to keep that offense humming when they face one of the best defensive teams in the league at the Utah Jazz on Thursday (Enter Contest). The teams split two meetings last season, with each team winning on its own home court.

Defense was Chicago’s biggest issue during a stretch of four losses in five games to open November, but the Bulls held their last three opponents under 100 points and limited the Trail Blazers to 35.8 percent from the floor (and 9-of-34 from 3-point range) on Tuesday. Chicago outrebounded Portland 67-49 and scored 52 points in the paint as all five starters scored in double figures. It will be more difficult to control the glass against the Jazz, who have Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert up front with Trey Lyles coming off the bench. Favors and Gobert are both trying to bounce back from sub-par efforts after combining for 12 points, seven rebounds and one block in a 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.

ABOUT THE BULLS (7-4)

Chicago brought in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in the offseason, and the veteran presence is bringing a new level out of swingman Jimmy Butler. The 27-year-old scored 20 or more points in each of the last two games and led the way with 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists on Tuesday. Rondo sat out Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury in Monday’s practice and is day-to-day.

ABOUT THE JAZZ (7-5)

Favors left Monday’s game in the fourth quarter with left knee soreness and did not return, and Gobert watched most of the fourth quarter from the bench as well. Favors will continue to be monitored carefully due to the recurring pain in his knee but the team is not yet planning to sit him for an extended period. Guards Rodney Hood (illness) and George Hill (thumb) sat out Monday and are both day-to-day.

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Fantasy NBA Basketball Predictions

Los Angeles Clippers vs Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz will be hosting the traveling red hot Los Angeles Clippers in a Western Conference showdown tonight at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Friday. This fantasy NBA basketball predictions article is brought you by FanPicks.com. Come PLAY in our Daily Fantasy Basketball contests at FanPicks and get a free chance to win $1 Million dollars!

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The Clippers are lucky right now with no reason to play their top players and able to rest them. With the Utah Jazz needing a win and on the brink of elimination, they will take full advantage of this factor. It really couldn’t have come at a better time for them as they have everything to play in this game. They’re standing only 1 game behind the 7th and 1 game ahead of the 9th seed in the tough Western Conference. Not only they’ve been playing well but the chemistry seems to have been clicking more than ever. The Jazz have only lost 3 games in their last 13 matchups. Their defense really helped them to get this far since they still rank 2nd in points allowed. The Jazz are an easy favorite in this one at home.

 

The Clippers come into this game having won 7 of their last 8t and have little to play. They’re currently 4th west and can’t move up nor down. What’s really impressive with them is that they’re one of the few teams who actually rank in the NBA’s top 10 offense and defense simultaneously. This really allows them to rest some of their top players for the playoffs. In fact, it looks like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick will all sit out tonight with this game being logically meaningless to them.

 

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Sacramento Kings vs. Utah Jazz

By Aldo Panessidi

The Sacramento Kings (15-23) will be hosted by the Utah Jazz (17-21) on Thursday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition.  Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball

Starting Lineup

The Kings have been playing some of the best basketball of the season as of late, but are coming into this game with a disastrous road record. They are now 5-12 on the road and are playing in one of the toughest venues in Utah on Thursday. Sacramento is coming off a bad loss on Wednesday as well, as they lost to a New Orleans Pelicans team that has struggled mightily all year. In fact, the Kings were seven-point favorites in that game and once again lets fans down with another poor performance. DeMarcus Cousins continued his recent ridiculous play in that game, as he tallied 32 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. He is now the leading scorer in the new year and is making a bid for the All-Star team.

Utah comes into this game winning two of their last three and that directly correlates with the return of Rudy Gobert. The Frenchmen is one of the best defenders in the NBA and that’s clearly evident through the teams stats. The Jazz rank as a top-three defense with him in the lineup and barely top-10 with him out of it. Since his return, they are allowing about 90 points a game and once again stifling teams. The problem is the offense though, as they still rank 27th in scoring. Another major issue is the ball distribution, as the team ranks dead-last in assists with no legitimate point guard on the roster. This should be a good opportunity for this offense to get on track though, as the Kings sport one of the worst defenses in the league. Utah comes into this game as a five-point favored.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-20-2015

Utah Jazz Need to Speed Up Their Game to Compete in the West

The Utah Jazz completed play during the 2014-15 regular season with a record of 38-44. They finished seven games back of New Orleans for the final playoff spot in the Western conference and were the 11th seed. Playing in high altitude one would think the Jazz would have better success at home but their record was only one game over .500 at 21-20. A possible reason for this was the fact the Jazz played at such a slow pace that it took away a home site and altitude advantage the team had. The team averaged just 95 points a game and connected on 44.7% from the floor with 34.3% from the three point line. We saw the Denver Nuggets tank way down following the departure of George Karl from a run and gun team to a slow defensive style team which didn’t work. Quin Snyder returns as head coach of the Jazz as he enters his second year with the club. The team had the 12th pick in the draft and selected Trey Lyles a 6’ 10” forward from Kentucky. Oliver Hanlan a guard from Boston College was selected in the second round. There is no doubt the club needs to modernize their offensive system.

Utah Jazz PG:

Trey Burke

The 22 year old enters his second season in the league. He played in 76 games and averaged 30 minutes a game. Burke has a lot of work to do on his game. His shooting percentage is really bad at 36.8% from the floor and 31.9% from the three point line a year ago. The half court offensive system just isn’t working and hopefully Quinn can speed up the tempo for his weapons to find good looks at the bucket.

Utah Jazz SG:

Alec Burks

Burks is young at just 24 years old. He is a shooting guard who hit 40% from the floor and 38.2% from three point distance. His preseason has been good as he looks to keep his starting job over Rodney Hood. Shoulder surgery limited Burks to just 27 games last season.

Utah Jazz SF:

Gordon Hayward

The former Butler product has led the Jazz in scoring last season. He averaged 19.3 points a game along with five boards and four assists in 34 minutes. Hayward connected on 44.5% from the floor along with 36.4% from three point range. Still only 25 years old as the Jazz team is young.

Utah Jazz PF:

Derrick Favors

Favors part of the starting lineup in the early 20’s for the team at just 24 years old. He had a good season last year by averaging 16 points and 8.2 rebounds in his 31 minutes of playing time per game. The good news is that Favors has shown improvement and can still pick up those rebounding and block shot numbers as he nears his prime of his career.

Utah Jazz C:

Rudy Gorbert

A former first round pick of the Denver Nuggets in 2013. Gorbert is a 7’2” center with a huge wingspan. He is a rim protection on the defensive end of the court as he had nearly 2 ½ block shots per game last year. Gorbert played in all 82 games last year and averaged 60% shooting along with 8.4 points with 9.5 rebounds per game. There is much room to improve his offensive game as with his size around the bucket. Gorbert could develop into a sound choice for NBA daily fantasy rosters. He is still only 23 years old. One has to wonder if Quinn Snyder would allow this team to run just think how much better these young players on the Jazz could become.

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