Trail Blazers vs Bulls Prediction NBA Picks 3/18/24

Chicago Bulls (33-35) vs Portland Trail Blazers (19-48)

Game Info: Monday, March 18, 2024 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls -7.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls meet Monday in NBA action at the United Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Portland Trail Blazers vs Chicago Bulls prediction.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers have been in a real funk as they've lost six of their last eight games overall and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting run over by the Pelicans in a 126-107 road defeat on Saturday. Dalano Banton led the team with 28 points and six assists, Anfernee Simons added 25 points with eight assists while Deandre Ayton chipped in with 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 50 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the 3-point line as they poured in 68 points in the first half to keep pace with the Pelicans until they went cold and managed just 15 points in the fourth quarter to get blown out by double digits in the end.

Chicago Bulls

Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in decent shape as they've won five of their last eight games overall and they will be eager to stay hot after making light work of the struggling Wizards in a 127-98 home win on Saturday. Ayo Dosunmu led the team with 34 points and nine assists on 14 of 22 shooting, Nikola Vucevic added 29 points with 13 rebounds while Alex Caruso chipped in with 16 points and five assists. As a team, the Bulls shot 57 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the 3-point line as they got off to a flyer and dominated the first half by 67-45 and they just kept their foot on the gas, outscoring the Wizards in every quarter to come away with the easy win at home. The Bulls will meet the Rockets and Celtics after this one.

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Chicago Bulls Player Facts

  • Nikola Vucevic ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (10.7) this season.
  • DeMar DeRozan ranks 8th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for points per game (23.2) this season.

Portland Trail Blazers Player Facts

  • Anfernee Simons ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for FT% (91.8%) this season.
  • Deandre Ayton ranks 11th amongst qualified players for FG% (58.1%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Bulls rank 30th in the league for opponent three-point field goals attempts per game this season (39.6).
  • The Bulls rank 29th in the league for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (14.5).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for assists per game this season (22.9).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for H2 points per game this season (52.8).

Portland Trail Blazers vs Chicago Bulls prediction

The Trail Blazers are still missing a bunch of players including Malcolm Brogdon, Shaedon Sharpe and Jerami Grant to name a few, while the Bulls are still missing Coby White and they have Alex Caruso listed as questionable due to left toe soreness. The Trail Blazers are struggling to keep their heads above water and they just got smashed by the pelicans in a big loss on Saturday, while the Bulls are starting to heat up after blowing past the slumping Wizards in their last outing. The Trail Blazers are still capable of pulling off the upset on the road, but I think the smart play is on the Bulls to continue their run with another win and cover at home at this reasonable line.

Peter’s Pick Chicago -7.5

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