Trail Blazers vs. Bulls Pick

NBA Predictions: Will Bulls send Trail Blazers to another road loss? 1/1/18

Are the Chicago Bulls going to protect their home court tonight when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at 8PM ET?

Who Oddsmakers Like: Portland. According to oddsmakers at, the Trail Blazers are listed as a 1-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 206 points. The Bulls actually opened as a 1-point favorite, while the over-under has dropped slightly from 207.

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Who the Public Likes: As of Monday afternoon, 57 percent of public bets have been placed on Chicago.

Injury Report: Portland point guard Damian Lillard has missed more time than expected with a hamstring strain, sitting out the last four contests. He'll be a game-time decision tonight. Center Meyers Leonard missed the last game with an ankle injury and is questionable tonight. For the Bulls, Zach LaVine is nearing a return from a torn ACL and hopes to take the floor sometime this month. Cameron Payne remains out following foot surgery in September.

Who the Trends Like: Portland is 5-1 ATS in its last six meetings in Chicago. The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings. The over is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in Chicago.

Who We Like: Lillard's status is a huge determining factor here. Perhaps oddsmakers believe he will play since the line has shifted toward Portland's favor. Chicago has slowed down a bit since its seven-game win streak, winning only three of its last six contests. But this is a good spot for the Bulls I believe. The Bulls have depth at forward and guard, with a number of contributors helping them turn a corner. Even if Lillard returns, he might not be at 100 percent and will have to keep up with the quick Kris Dunn at point guard. Take the Bulls tonight.


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