Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls: Keys to snapping the losing streak

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 22: Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz on November 22, 2017 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 22: Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls shoots the ball against the Utah Jazz on November 22, 2017 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 11: Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls and Guerschon Yabusele #30 of the Boston Celtics battle for the ball at the United Center on December 11, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 108-85. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 11: Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls and Guerschon Yabusele #30 of the Boston Celtics battle for the ball at the United Center on December 11, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 108-85. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Key No. 2 – Win the turnover battle

Given that the Jazz beat the Bulls by 30 points in the season’s first meeting, it’s pretty clear that there were a lot of things that went right. From start to finish the Jazz absolutely dominated in nearly every way.

However, one of the main areas in which the Jazz were absolutely superb was in taking care of the ball on their end while forcing Chicago into turnovers on theirs. Utah logged a season-low seven turnovers in that contest while forcing the Bulls into 16. Those 16 miscues turned into 22 points for the Jazz which was nearly the difference in the game.

Therefore, as the Utah Jazz look to top the Bulls once again, it will be critical that they look to have a repeat performance in the turnover department. Surprisingly, on the season the Chicago Bulls have actually been pretty solid at taking care of the ball as they rank seventh in the league in turnovers per game with just 14.2. That’s even better than Utah who’s at 14th with 14.9 per game.

In other words, the result in turnovers in the last bout was a departure from the norm as the Jazz were surprisingly able to force Chicago into an uncharacteristic night. Difficult though that may be to repeat, it’s something that will be vital for the Jazz to do if they hope to come away with a road win over a hot Bulls team.