When the Chicago Bulls traded for Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline, I thought the Bulls would be a prime candidate to make a playoff push with their revamped roster. Their first two games were clunky, but after a win over Brooklyn on Sunday the Bulls are now 3-0 ATS in their last three games and coming off of their best offensive game with their new piece in the frontcourt.
Chicago averaged 1.223 points per possessions against Brooklyn, went 18-of-27 at the rim and averaged a staggering 1.106 points per play in the half court. That offensive performance was much closer to the team I expected once the Bulls got everyone on the floor, and with games against Indiana, Toronto, Atlanta and Minnesota on the schedule bettors could see this offense continue to evolve.
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The Main Event
Utah Jazz (-5.5, 226.5) at Dallas Mavericks
Over the past two months, there aren't many teams that have played as well as these two clubs. Utah is currently on a 9-0 SU/5-4 ATS run during which it leads the league in offensive efficiency (120.2) and net rating (+ 19.4). Since the beginning of February, the Jazz are 22-6 SU/17-11 ATS and have outscored opponents by 11.6 points every 100 possessions. Just two spots behind them in net rating over the same time span are the Mavericks, which boast a 19-8 SU/15-12 ATS during that time. Dallas rides a 4-0 SU/ATS streak into this meeting with Utah, hoping that the defensive prowess it has shown recently is sustainable against this high-powered offense.