Blazers vs. Bulls Pick
Can the Chicago Bulls stay tough at home when they host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Bulls are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Blazers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 214.5 points. Chicago has won three of the last four against the Blazers, including a 113-88 win on Nov. 15. The Bulls have covered in the three wins.
Chicago is coming off a 107-82 loss at Dallas on Saturday to fall to 11-8 on the season. The Bulls are 12-7 against the spread and 5-2 at home this year. Their last home game was a 111-105 win over the Cavs. Chicago is putting up 103.6 points per game on offense while giving up just 99.6 points per contest on defense. Jimmy Butler is leading the way with 25.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Dwyane Wade is adding 19.1 points per contest. Chicago will be without Doug McDermott tonight, who is dealing with a concussion. He is averaging 10.6 points per game this season.
Portland is coming off a 99-92 win over Miami at home to improve to 11-10 on the season and 8-13 against the spread. The Blazers have won and covered the spread in three of their last four games. Portland has an impressive offense that is averaging 110.2 points per game while the defense is struggling, allowing 112.5 points per contest. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have combined for 49.7 points per game this season to lead the team. Al-Farouq Aminu has been dealing with a calf injury, but is probable to play. He has missed 13 games this season and has averaged 6.4points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
The Bulls had a bad loss on Saturday, but they have been strong at home this season. Chicago has the fire power to counter what Lillard and McCollum can do for Portland. From there it should be all about depth and Chicago has the depth to best Portland, who is just 4-6 on the road.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: CHICAGO BULLS -5.5