The 31-36 Portland Trailblazers will travel to play the 36-30 Chicago Bulls in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Chicago is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The odds from this NBA pro basketball game has the home team Chicago Bulls favored by -5 points with an over under line of 188 points. Early money has landed on the over as the game opened with a total of 187 ½ points.
The teams went head to head back on November 18th where the Trailblazers earned the 102-94 home win against the Bulls as a +1 point underdog. The game finished over 191 points.
Portland has a road record of 9-25 straight up on the season. The team dropped their second straight all on this road trip following a 102-95 defeat at the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday as a +5 ½ point underdog. The game finished at under 207 points. The Trailblazers fell behind 58-31 at the half in defeat. They shot 43.4% from the field and 13 of 26 came from the three point line. Portland allowed 48.3% shooting to the Bucks and gave away 17 turnovers. Wesley Matthews led the Trailblazers with 28 points and three assists on 10 of 20 shooting. Portland’s problems all season has been with defense. The team allows 46.8% shooting to their opponents this season ranking 26th and fifth to last in the NBA. In the playoff situation the Trailblazers sits in the 11th seed and four games behind the eighth seeded LA Lakers with 15 games left to be played.
The Bulls are 18-15 playing at home on the year. They drop their fifth game in seven tries after a 119-118 home defeat on Monday to the Denver Nuggets as a +3 ½ point underdog. The game landed over 195 points. Chicago wasted a 49% shooting game with 8 of 21 coming from the three point line. They get beat on the glass as Denver pulls down 11 more rebounds. The Bulls gave up 49% shooting to the Nuggets. Nate Robinson led Chicago with 34 points and seven assists on 13 of 22 from the floor. We have seen a bit more offensive production from this Bulls team with 113 or more points in two straight. They rank 29th and second to last in scoring offense with just 92.8 points a game. On defense the team is a top six club in all three key categories.