The Bulls (-268) are favored by 6.5 points over the Blazers (+216) in tonight's non-conference matchup. Chicago has dropped two straight and currently sits 9th in the Eastern Conference at 21-25. Portland is 14th in the West at 13-32.

Tip-off at the Moda Center is scheduled for 9:00 ET. NBCS has the TV coverage.

CHICAGO BULLS VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Portland Trail Blazers +6.5

This game will be played at Moda Center at 9:00 ET on Sunday, January 28th.

WHY BET THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 110-105 in favor of the Bulls.
  • Our projections have DeMar DeRozan finishing with DeMar DeRozan points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bulls finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.9% and knocking down 9 threes.

Does Chicago Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?

Chicago is favored for the 13th time this season and is 10-9 against the spread as the favorite. As the favorite, the Bulls have won three straight games.

On the other hand, the Bulls have gone 6 straight games as the underdog without covering the spread. Overall, their ATS record as the underdog is 13-13.

In their last game, the Bulls were 5.5-point underdogs against the Lakers but lost by a score of 141-132. The O/U line for that game was 228.5 points.

This season, the Bulls have an O/U record of 23-22-1, and their games have averaged 223.8 points per game. Today's O/U line is set at 217, with their games averaging 222 points.

Chicago is currently 9th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 21-25. On the road, they are 7-15 straight up and 9-12 ATS. In their last two games, the Bulls have lost to the Lakers and the Suns.

So far this season, the Bulls have been a below-average offensive team, ranking 26th in the league in points per game at 111.1. In terms of their scoring output, they have actually been slightly better on the road (110.6 PPG) compared to at home (111.5 PPG).

Chicago has been able to outscore the NBA scoring average in just 37% of their games this season. In terms of pace, they are 27th in the league at 96.7 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Bulls are 23rd in field goal percentage at 46%. They have been more efficient inside the arc, ranking 14th in two-point field goals made per game, but just 26th in three-point shooting at 35%.

At present, the Bulls' defense is ranked 11th, allowing 112.7 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Bulls' defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 55.6% and allowing 36.9% from beyond the arc.

Will Portland Come Through as Home Underdogs?

In today's game against the Bulls, the Trail Blazers are looking to extend their home winning streak to three games. As 6.5-point underdogs, they are 9-10 against the spread at home this season.

When looking at their O/U record for the season, Portland is 19-25-1, and their games have averaged 225.3 points per game. Today's O/U line is set at 217, which is lower than their season average of 227.3.

Portland's last game was a 116-100 loss to the Spurs. They were 4.5-point underdogs in that game and are now 21-24 against the spread for the season. The combined scoring in that game was 216 points, and the O/U line was 231.

Currently, the Trail Blazers are 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 13-32. In the Western Conference, they are 6-26 compared to 7-6 in non-conference games.

As underdogs, the Trail Blazers are 12-29 this season. As for their ATS record, they are 20-21 as underdogs and 1-3 as the favorite. At home, their ATS record is 9-10.

This season, the Blazers are one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the league, averaging 12 offensive boards per game (5th). However, they have struggled in terms of assists, ranking last in the NBA with 22.5 per game.

Portland's offense has been more efficient at home, where they are averaging 110.9 points per game (28th). Overall, they are 29th in scoring at 108.1 points per game. In terms of pace, the Blazers are 15th in the league at 98.8 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, Portland is last in field goal percentage (43%) and true shooting percentage. They are also 30th in two-point shooting percentage (48%). From beyond the arc, the Blazers are 23rd in three-point shooting (35%).

Currently, the Trail Blazers' defense holds the 19th rank in the NBA, allowing 117.2 points per game. So far this season, the Trail Blazers' defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 7th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 23.9 times per game vs. Portland.