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Bulls open as NBA underdog vs Trail Blazers

Chicago BullsPortland Trail Blazers
6-4November 22, 2013, 10:00 | Rose Garden10-2

Chicago travels to Portland on Friday, hoping to boost its 6-4 mark with a victory over the Trail Blazers.

The Bulls will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 4-6 ATS against the number this season, while the Trail Blazers are 9-3 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Chicago is 3-7 on the totals; Portland is 7-5.

View Chicago Bulls vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Trail Blazers as -2.5-point Favorite in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 188.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

This game pits the Trail Blazers, currently No. 24 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bulls, who rate No. 9 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 94-92 victory for the Trail Blazers.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 97-87 loser as they battled the Nuggets on the road. The Bulls failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite, while 184 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago suffered a 97-87 loss against Denver on Thursday, getting 19 points from Derrick Rose in a losing effort at Pepsi Center.

Portland won its last outing, a 91-82 result against the Bucks on November 20. The Trail Blazers covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite, while the 173 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Trail Blazers grabbed a 91-82 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, behind a 21-point effort from LaMarcus Aldridge at Bradley Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 7-ranked offense (103.75 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 89.8 PPG. The Trail Blazers have averaged 45.94% from the field per game, more than the Bulls have managed so far this season (42.73% on average).

Next up:
Chicago at Los Angeles, Sunday, November 24th
Portland at Golden State, Saturday, November 23rd