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Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 3/27/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls
Date & Time Wednesday March 27, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
United Center
Chicago, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Chicago Bulls +4.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
NBCH, NSNW
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls meet Wednesday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Portland Trail Blazers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 114.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 26.4 points and 6.8 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.3 points and four rebounds. Enes Kanter is the third double-digit scorer and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.7 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have split their last six road games.

The Chicago Bulls could use a win here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 105.3 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 113.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.7 points and 4.5 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 18.9 points and nine rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Kris Dunn is dishing six assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last six home games.

The Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 6-18 ATS in their last 24 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 17-8 in Trail Blazers last 25 overall. The over is 5-2 in Bulls last 7 overall.

It's going to be interesting to see how the Portland Trail Blazers rebound given the injury to Jusuf Nurkic and the fact C.J. McCollum didn't travel with them on this trip. The Trail Blazers weren't a deep team to begin with and now they're without two of their starters. But even with that being the case, the Chicago Bulls are a complete mess right now and have a ton of injuries of their own. The Bulls are losing their last five games by an average of 8.8 points and give opponents whatever they want offensively. The Portland Trail Blazers have also played some of their better basketball on the road this season, which is a drastic improvement from past years. I have to lay the buckets with Portland even with its situation, as backing the Bulls isn't an option for me.

Pick:
Portland Trail Blazers -4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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