The Chicago Bulls (21-25) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (13-32) on Sunday, January 28th. This game will be played at Moda Center in Portland and televised on NBCS. Both the Bulls and Trail Blazers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 9:00 ET.
Bulls vs Trail Blazers
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Lakers, DeMar DeRozan was the top scorer for the Bulls’ offense, scoring 32 points and shooting 10/14 from the field. Coby White finished 2nd on the team with 25 points, but Chicago ended the game with a 141-132 loss.
In their quest to reach .500, the Bulls are 21-25 overall and will face the Trail Blazers. When playing against the Eastern Conference, the Bulls are 13-16 compared to a 8-9 record in non-conference games.
Chicago is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 23-22. The Bulls currently have a two game ATS win streak as the favorite and are 13-13 vs. the spread as underdogs.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Trail Blazers lost to the Spurs with a final score of 116-100. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Trail Blazers couldn’t cover the spread as +4.5 point underdogs. Concerning the over/under, the total of 216 points remained below the established over/under line of 231.
In their quest to defeat the Bulls, the Trail Blazers have a sub-.500 record of 13-32. When playing on the road, the Trail Blazers are 6-20 compared to a 7-12 record at home.
Portland arrives with an ATS record of 21-24 for the season up to this point. This season, Portland has a 1-3 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 20-21 as underdogs.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Chicago has recorded an average of 111.1 points per game (26th) throughout 46 games games.
So far this season, the Bulls have been below the NBA scoring average in 63% of their games. On average, they score 111.1 points per game, which is 26th in the league. On the road, they are averaging 110.6 points per game.
When it comes to pace, the Bulls are 27th in the league at 96.7 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 23rd in the NBA at 46%. When it comes to two-point shooting, they are 26th in the league at 52%.
Chicago is 24th in the league in three-point shooting at 35%. On average, they make 11.8 three-pointers per game, which is 24th in the NBA. In terms of free throw attempts, they are 28th in the league.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 108.1 points per game.
This season, the Trail Blazers are 30th in the NBA in field goal percentage at 43%. So far, they have made 48% of their two-point attempts, which is the worst mark in the league. From beyond the arc, Portland is 23rd in three-point shooting at 35%.
At home, the Trail Blazers are averaging 110.9 points per game compared to 106 points per game on the road. Overall, they rank 29th in scoring at 108.1 points per game. In terms of pace, Portland is 15th in the league at 98.8 possessions per game.
When it comes to offensive rebounding, the Trail Blazers are 5th in the NBA. However, they are last in assists at 22.5 per game. So far, Portland has made an average of 17.1 free throws per game, which is 20th in the league.
Bulls Team Defense
This season, the Bulls defense has been impressive, holding the 11th position in the league while permitting an average of 112.7 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Bulls defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.6% and 36.9% from three-point territory.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers’ defense is giving up an average of 117.2 points per contest. So far this season, the Trail Blazers’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 7th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 23.9 times per game vs. Portland.
Key Players For The Bulls And Trail Blazers
For today’s matchup, we project DeMar DeRozan to lead the scoring for the Bulls, putting up 21 points and shooting at a rate of 8/16. For the season, he has been averaging 22.1 points per game, in addition to 4 rebounds.
As for Portland, Anfernee Simons is projected to be the primary scorer for the Trail Blazers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 22, and adding 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 43.9% and is averaging 23.7 points per contest.
Bulls vs Trail Blazers Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Chicago has an ATS record of 2-3 while averaging 114 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, Portland has an ATS record of 3-7 while averaging 104 per game. The team went 2-8 overall in these games.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have a strong record vs the spread going 3-2. Their straight up mark in these contests is 2-3.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Chicago has an ATS mark of 6-3-1 while going 8-2 straight up.
Bulls vs Trail Blazers Prediction
For a point-spread wager in this Bulls vs. Trail Blazers game, we suggest taking the Trail Blazers at +6.5. Even though our predictions have the Bulls winning 110-105, we see the Trail Blazers as the better choice on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 217 and given that our model is projecting 215 points between the teams, we like the under.
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