Interconference hoops and we see the Portland Trailblazers travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls. According to the Portland Trailblazers vs Chicago Bulls 2016 Betting Odds at Bodog Basketball, the Trailblazers have been listed as 5 point favorites, while the total has been set at 209.5. Here is my Portland Trailblazers vs Chicago Bulls 2016 Betting Odds and Prediction.
The Portland Trailblazers come into this game hot as they have won 6 of their last seven games and 11 of their last 12, but they do enter off a bad 119-105 home loss to the Rockets on Thursday night. The Blazers have struggled on defense of late and that was their downfall in that game. With all the players the Blazers lost in the offseason it is pretty much a miracle what they are doing right now. Portland comes in at 7th place in the Western Playoff standings, but they just have a 1.5 game lead over Utah, who is in 9th. A big reason for their recent surge has been an offense that has exploded for 116.2 ppg in their last five games. That has now enabled them to climb to 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 103.5 ppg. They are a decent shooting team, hitting 45.0% (13th) of their shots overall, including 36.0% (8th) of their shots from long range. Defensively they have been below average as they enter this game ranked 18th in the league in points allowed, giving up 102.5 ppg and 17th in defensive FG% (45.0%).
The Chicago Bulls have not had the year they were expecting to, especially with a healthy Derrick Rose for much of the year. The Bulls come in off a 15 point loss at Atlanta, which was their 5th road loss in a row. They have struggled on the road this year, but at home they have gone a solid 19-10 so far. Derrick Rose sat out the game vs the Hawks and is listed as questionable for this game. He has had a solid year, averaging 16.5 ppg on the year and will be missed if he can’t go here. Leading the team in scoring is Jimmy Butler, who averages 22.4 ppg, while Pau Gasol is 2nd at 16.9 ppg and he leads them in rebounding at 11.0 rpg. The Bulls have been an average offensive team as they rank 17th in scoring at 101.7 ppg, but they are not a good shooting team as they have hit just 43.8% of their shots overall, which is 24th. They are a good three point shooting team at 36.3%, which is 4th in the league. On defense they allow 102.3 ppg, which is 16th in the league, but on just 43.2% shooting overall, which is 1st in the league and 33% from long range, which is 5th.
I will go with the Blazers, who are far more consistent right now and fame more healthier. Derrick Rose will not be in there for the Bulls and I just don’t see Chicago coming up with enough points to keep it close, especially with the way that Portland has been scoring of late. Blazers by 7 or more more.