Blazers on the road against the Bulls
The Portland Trail Blazers are a dominant 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Chicago Bulls as those teams meet on the NBA betting lines again on Friday night.
Portland topped Chicago 98-95 but just failed to cover the 3.5-point spread at home at the sportsbooks when the teams last met in NBA odds action on November 22. That OVER result made the OVER/UNDER 7-3 for totals bettors in their 10 most recent meetings.
The Trail Blazers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 39-34 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bulls are 35-36 ATS. Portland is 41-31-1 against the total, while Chicago is 28-43 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The Bulls - Trail Blazers odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 6 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Trail Blazers sit at No. 8. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 95-92 win for the Trail Blazers.
Last time out for Portland, they were a 100-85 winner as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Trail Blazers covered in the match as a 5-point favorite, while 185 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Portland got 25 points and 16 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge en route to a 100-85 victory over Atlanta on Thursday at Philips Arena.
Last time out for Chicago, they were an 89-77 winner as they battled the Pacers at home. The Bulls covered in the match as a 1.5-point favorite, while 166 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago got 23 points from Taj Gibson en route to an 89-77 victory over Indiana on Monday at United Center.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 30-ranked offense, averaging 93.11 PPG, against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 23 at 103.01 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 42.9% so far, less than the Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.76% per game.
Portland home to Memphis, Sunday, March 30th
Chicago at Boston, Sunday, March 30th