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Portland Trail Blazers vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/9/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers
Date & Time Wednesday January 9, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Moda Center
Portland
The Line
The Line: Portland -9.5 -- Over/Under 207
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The Portland Trailblazers play host to the lowly Chicago Bulls at the Moda Center on Wednesday night.

The Chicago Bulls went through a decent patch of form where they won three games in four outings, but they’ve since cooled off with four straight losses after falling to the Nets by 117-100 on Sunday. Zach LaVine led the team with 27 points on 11 of 17 shooting, Bobby Portis added 17 points off the bench while Kris Dunn chipped in with 16 points and seven assists. As a team, the Bulls shot 46 percent from the field and seven of 18 from the 3-point line as they poured in 34 points in the second quarter to level the scores at halftime, but they collapsed in the second half where the Nets made a barrage of 3-pointers to outscore the Bulls by 62-45 the rest of the way. With the loss, Chicago dropped to 10-30 overall and 5-16 at home.

Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been in pretty good shape lately as they’ve won nine of their last 13 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after taking down the Knicks in a 111-101 home win on Monday. Jusuf Nurkic led the team with 20 points on seven of nine shooting, Damian Lillard added 17 points with nine assists while CJ McCollum chad 17 points on seven of 17 shooting. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 47 percent from the field and 11 of 31 from the 3-point line but they really had to scratch and fight until the third quarter where they went on a 32-15 run to lead by as many as 18 points. With the win, Portland improved to 24-17 overall and 16-7 at home where they have won three of their last four.

Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a winning home record. The Trailblazers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win.

Head to head, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings.

The Bulls got a nice boost when Lauri Markkanen returned from injury but that only lasted so long as they’re stuck in another losing streak after getting blown out by the Nets on Sunday. The Trailblazers are starting to heat up with nine wins in their last 13 games, but they haven’t exactly been money at  home as they’re only 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games. The line seems a little hefty, but the Trailblazers have won three of their last four home games by double digits so I don't mind laying the points here.

Pick:
Portland -9.5
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