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Bulls vs. Trail Blazers 2021 NBA Odds and Preview – November 17th, 2021

By Carlos Chacon

The Chicago Bulls face the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center this Wednesday. It’s been a good few days for the visitors since taking down both LA teams. They also hold the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference as of this writing. On the other hand, the Blazers try to build on their most recent win against the Raptors and improve their 7-8 overall record.

That said, NitroBetting presents a detailed look at the upcoming Bulls vs. Blazers game. We provide essential information that helps you lock in on the best picks. Find event details, team and player stats, the latest NBA odds, betting trends, and expert predictions down below. Check out more sports betting odds at our online BTC sportsbook.

Bulls vs. Trail Blazers Game Information

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Why Bet on the Chicago Bulls?

The Bulls are a breakout team this season, thanks to offseason acquisitions of the likes of DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, Alex Caruso, and Nikola Vucevic.

They hold a 10-4 record in the Eastern Conference and now get a chance to take the top spot in the division.

So far, the Bulls secured five wins in seven road games. The team is impressive under pressure thanks to a well-balanced squad. They average 108.6 points (13th) per game on 46.8% shooting (fifth). The visitors produce threat from downtown as well a 36.9% three-point percentage (fourth).

Previewing the defense, the team allows 102.7 points (fourth) per game. They limit opponents to 20.4 assists (first) per game, which shows how locked in their defense is. The Bulls force 16.5 opponent turnovers (ninth) per game. Rebounding is not one of their best suits. The side records 45.9 total rebounds (29th) per game. However, they produce an average of 8.9 steals (tenth) per game.

The Bulls have to do without Nikola Vucevic on Wednesday night after the center tested positive for COVID-19. Tony Bradley is expected to fill in for him. Meanwhile, shooting guard Alex Caruso is day-to-day. If he fails to recover in time, Ayo Dosunmu will take his place as a starter.

Why Bet on the Portland Trail Blazers?

The Blazers are yet to make their way to the top ten of the Western Conference. The team is a strong contender at home with six of their seven wins secured at the Moda Center. This should be a challenging night for the Bulls.

The hosts record 109.2 points (11th) per game on 45.7% shooting (13th) in fifteen games. They have respectable numbers from range. The Blazers make 35.2% of their shots from the three-point line (12th) and average 14.0 three-pointers (fourth) per game. C.J. McCollum still holds a team-high 21.3 points per game, while Damian Lillard is not far behind with 20.3 PPG.

Defensively, the Blazers have to be more active on this end of the court. They currently allow 109.3 points (20th) per game. The side has better rebounding statistics than their upcoming opponents. It should play a key role in their efforts to back the Bulls into a corner. As a team, Portland records 10.5 offensive rebounds (11th) and 35.9 defensive rebounds (tenth) per game. Jusuf Nurkic is responsible for collecting a large number of the boards. The center holds a team-high 11.1 rebounds per game.

Two starters, Damian Lillard (abdomen) and Norman Powell (ankle) are day-to-day. Expect Anfernee Simmons and Nassir Little to start the game if Lillard and Powell sit this one out.

Bulls vs. Trail Blazers Betting Trends

  • The Bulls are 2-3 in their last five regular-season road games against the Blazers (3-2 ATS).
  • The Bulls are 7-3 in their last ten regular-season road games (7-3 ATS).
  • The totals went over in five of the Bulls’ last ten regular-season road games against the Blazers.
  • The Blazers are 2-3 in their last five regular-season games (2-3 ATS).
  • The Blazers are 9-1 in their last ten regular-season games at the Moda Center (8-2 ATS).
  • The totals went under in three of the Blazers’ last five regular-season home games.

Bulls vs. Trail Blazers Expert Betting Prediction

The recent results of both teams so far suggest that the Bulls are the better team and enter the game as favorites. However, the Blazers holding onto home-court advantage brings the upper hand on their side. But it won’t be an easy win for the hosts. Not letting McCollum and Lillard make shots and call plays is crucial for the visitors. On the other hand, the Bulls produced performances that tell us they can cover the spread in this one. The duo of Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso could tighten defensive measures and force turnovers, which brings momentum to their favor. Overall, this is going to be an exciting matchup for basketball and betting fans.

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