Bulls vs Trailblazers Pick – NBA Nov 18

The Washington Generals, ne, “Wizards” continued their fabulous ways last night, scoring a dismal 76 points at home and dropping their eighth straight game to open the season.  The loss catapulted us to yet another winning night at and we will look to build on the win streak with a Sunday night NBA game whose line has me pretty excited.

Chicago Bulls at Portland Trailblazers +1  (Total: 192)

Portland enter tonight with just a 4-5 record, but they do possess a two-game winning streak and have looked pretty good in the process.  Rokie point guard Damian Lillard has played fantastically, and has emerged as the early season favorite for Rookie of the Year (though I imagine Anthony Davis will factor into the equation before it is all said and done).  He has done an excellent job both scoring as well as facilitating the offense.  Nicholas Batum and Lamarcus Alderige have both flourished in the early season.

In fact, in their last game, it marked the first time three Blazers have scored 27 or more points in a single game, with Wesley Mathews z9more known for his defensive contributions) jined the aforementioned duo.  That bodes well  for tonight, as Portland faces a struggling Bulls defense that has allowed more than 100 points in three consecutive games.  I like Lamracus Alderige to have a big game tonight at home.  He is averaging a more than 30 points and 10 boards in his career against the usually defensively sound Bulls.

Chicago has struggled defensively, which is a bit surprising as one would figure their primary difficulties would be offensive as they await the return of former MVP Derek Rose.  They were blasted last night by the Clippers in Los Angeles and now turn right around to face a Portland team that has taken four in a row in this series at the Rose Garden.  They have won 10 of 12 overall in this series (though these teams are much different the past few years).

I am not a big fan of laying points on road teams on the second night of a back to back, and that is exactly what you would have to do to back Chicago tonight.  My game break down has this at about -4.5 to -5.5 in favor of Portland.  Vegas has it at -1 for Chicago.  That seems like an awfully generous line for a team that is struggling on both ends of the court who is playing halfway across the country on the second night of a back-to-back against a team that matches up position by position exceptionally well against them.

I’m taking Portland to win.  Right now the line has them getting a point on most sportsbooks, but even if it fades to -1 or -2, I feel good about the Blazers.

Free Pick:  Portland Trailblazers +1