Bulls vs. Trail Blazers - 2/27/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Trail Blazers (30-28) at Chicago Bulls (29-26)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, WGN
The Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls square off Saturday night at the United Center.
The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t lost back-to-back games since January 6-8. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 103.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 45 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.1 points and 7.2 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 21.1 points and 3.6 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.2 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five of their last six road games.
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The Chicago Bulls could use a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Pau Gasol is averaging 16.9 points and 10.8 rebounds while Doug McDermott is averaging 8.8 points and 2.3 rebounds. Taj Gibson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.5 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.8 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have won three straight home games.
The Trail Blazers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 6-21 ATS in their last 27 Saturday games. The over is 11-5-1 in the last 17 meetings.
Without Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, the Bulls struggle big time. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers have been one of the hottest teams in the league the last month or so. I'll continue to back Portland even though they blew the game against Houston.