Chicago Bulls @ Portland Trail Blazers – Moda Center at 03:00
The Portland Trail Blazers have been sparked by how well Damian Lillard plays and they will need him at his best if they are going to make it three wins in a row since being blown out by the LA Clippers. Playing at home has always been an edge for Portland even during their down seasons and they have opened 4-2 here this season.
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The Trail Blazers are scoring plenty of points for the most part (the LA Clippers game was an exception) but Defensively they have struggled and the last four teams have all scored 105 points or more. One of the issues they have is being dominated on the glass and that is an area this veteran Chicago team will feel they have the edge.
There is also a lot of pressure on the starters for Portland as they not getting the production off the bench that can help ease the demands of Lillard. The Chicago rotation has been better although Doug McDermott looks likely to sit in this one, and the Bulls can keep this one close if they can get enough from Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade who will be challenged by Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Chicago have picked up their play on the Defensive side of the court too and they should have enough to stay with a Portland team who are just 1-5 against the spread at home this season. Neither team has really played well when facing the better teams in the NBA to open this season, but I do think Chicago having the edge on the rebounding stats as well as the Defensive side of the court swings the pendulum their way just enough with the points.
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