Chicago Bulls vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Picks & Predictions 11/29/2019
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Friday, November 29, 2019
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Portland -7.5
Zach Lavine and the Chicago Bulls (6-13, 4th in the Central Division) travel to Moda Center on Friday where they'll take on the Portland Trail Blazers (7-12, 4th in the Northwest Division). The spread on this game has Portland as 7.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 225.5.
The Bulls are covering 36.8% of the time, having gone 7-12-0 ATS. Portland is covering the spread 50.0% of the time, going 9-9-1 against the spread.
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
11/27/2019 Chandler Hutchison SF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Nov 29
11/26/2019 Ryan Arcidiacono PG Elbow Game Time Decision
11/20/2019 Jr SF Foot Expected to be out until at least Dec 6
11/12/2019 Cristiano Felicio PF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Dec 21
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
11/27/2019 Jr SG Hamstring Game Time Decision
11/12/2019 Zach Collins PF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Mar 15
7/6/2019 Jusuf Nurkic C Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Feb 1
Zach Lavine comes into this contest averaging 21.8 points per game while playing 31.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 4.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 82%. Lauri Markkanen averages 13.3 points per game in 29.3 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.7 assists per contest and 6.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 35% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Damian Lillard averages 27.3 points per game while playing 37.0 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.9 rebounds per game and has 7.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 93%. CJ McCollum averages 22.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 36.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.5 rebounds per contest and 3.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Chicago averages 106.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.3 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 23rd in the league. They average 43.9 rebounds per game and 22.9 assists per game, which ranks them 23rd and 22nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 13th with 15.5 per game. The Bulls allow 110.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc, ranking them 19th and 4th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.1 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 25.0 assists per contest, which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 18.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Portland is 9th in the league with 113.9 points per game this year. They are 18th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -1.3. They shoot 37% from 3-point range, which is good for 9th in the NBA. They are 10th in the league in rebounding with 46.6 boards per game, and 29th in assists per contest with 19.9. The Blazers are 25th in turnovers per game with 13.9. The Blazers surrender 115.3 points per contest, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 10th and 6th in those defensive statistics. They rank 12th with 23.3 assists allowed per contest and 29th with 48.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Blazers are 6th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.9 per game.
The Bulls are 30th in the league in defensive rating with 107.8, and their offensive rating of 103.7 is ranked 13th. They are 11th in the NBA in pace with 102.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 27th. As a unit they are 28th in the league in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shot attempts, ranking 12th in the NBA. Chicago is 16th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 16.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 13th in the NBA.
Portland is 27th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 22nd in the NBA. The Blazers are 11th in the league in defensive rating with 111.5, and their offensive rating of 110.2 is ranked 21st. They are 9th in the NBA in pace with 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 21st. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Blazers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Portland -7.5
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