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Trail Blazers vs. Bulls - 11/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls (8-4) at Portland Trail Blazers (8-3)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -8 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Portland Trail Blazers and the Chicago Bulls face off on Friday Night in Portland in NBA action.

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of he hottest teams in the NBA at 8-3 overall and winners of their last five games. The Blazers are averaging 104.4 points per game and shooting 45.6 percent from the field while their opponents are averaging 95.9 points and their opponents shoot 42 percent. LaMarcus Aldridge leads Portland averaging 21.9 points and 8.0 rebounds. Damian Lillard is averaging 20.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 6.6 assists, Wesley Mathews is averaging 16.2 points, and Robin Lopez is averaging 11.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. The Trail Blazers are the top rebounding team in the NBA averaging 46.8 per game.

Trail Blazers vs. Bulls - 11/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Bulls are battling through another season of injuries but like the pas they continue to win and are 8-4 this season. The Bulls are averaging 101.2 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 97.6 points and their opponents are shooting 43.6 percent. Jimmy Butler leads the Bulls averaging 21.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Pau Gasol is averaging 18.6 points and 10.6 rebounds, Derrick Rose is averaging 18 points and 5.4 assists, and Taj Gibson is averaging 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. Once again Gasol and Rose are questionable for this one after they have missed the past two games.

Portland is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games, 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, and 3-8 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Chicago is 9-3-1 against the spread following a loss of 10 or more points, 9-4 against the spread playing in no rest, and 3-8 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Chicago is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against Portland.

The Bulls always play best when it is least expected and most write them off but they are up against it here and my play is the Blazers.

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Portland Trail Blazers -8

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