Portland Trail Blazers vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (18-32) at Portland Trail Blazers (28-22)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)

The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 214 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Moda Center.

The Chicago Bulls could use a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Nikola Mirotic is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is dishing 2.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have split their last six road games.

The Portland Trail Blazers look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 104.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 103.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.4 points and 6.5 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.5 points and four rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers haven’t lost a home since December 22.

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The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings, the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

The Chicago Bulls are coming too many numbers to just leave this many points on the table. Not only have the Bulls covered 20 of their last 28 games overall, but they're 14-8 ATS this season as an underdog of at least seven points. The Portland Trail Blazers are on the end of a back to back and are only outscoring teams by 1.8 points at home this season. The value continues to be with the Bulls, a team that does nothing but cover numbers.

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Randy’s Pick Chicago Bulls +7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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