Trail Blazers vs Bulls Betting Preview

The line has the Bulls favored by a few but the math has the Bulls winning by 6 - it looks like a good NBA wagering spot in the NBA Monday when the Bulls visit Portland to face the Trail Blazers.

The Trail Blazers currently sports a record of 27-24, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 23-24-4 ATS. The Bulls are 34-15 and 29-19-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Trail Blazers post a 23-27-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Bulls have gone 18-31 against the number.

Betting Line:
On the Sportsbook line for this matchup, the Trail Blazers sat as 1.5-point underdogs. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 183.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Trail Blazers, currently No. 22 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Bulls, who rate No. 4 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 101-95 victory for the Bulls.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Portland's No. 24-ranked offense (95.5 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 3 at 92.1 PPG. The Trail Blazers have averaged 44% from the field per game, less than the Bulls have managed so far this season (46% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Bulls own the league's No. 7-rated mark, allowing 95.5 points per game when on the road. Portland, on the other hand, rates No. 24 in home scoring.

In their last action, Chicago was a 101-90 loser on the road against the Warriors. They failed to cover the 3.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (191) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Bulls got a 21-point performance from Carlos Boozer, who added 10 rebounds, but Golden State still ran past Chicago 101-90 on Saturday at Oracle Arena.

Last time out for Portland, they were a 111-105 Sportsbook as they battled the Cavaliers on the road. The Trail Blazers covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite, while 216 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Portland got 31 points from Wesley Matthews en route to a 111-105 victory over Cleveland on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 4-6
After playing Golden State are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Bulls at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chicago's last 8 games when playing Portland
Chicago is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing on the road against Portland
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Portland's last 8 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Portland's last 7 games
Portland is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Utah, Wednesday, February 9
Portland at Toronto, Friday, February 11.

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