Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers Preview 11/19/08

NBA Betting Preview
Chicago Bulls at Portland Trail Blazers
 Wednesday, 10:35 pm Eastern – ESPN

SBG Global Opening Line: Trail Blazers   – 5 , Total 192.5


A battle of youth is on tap Wednesday as the Portland Trail Blazers host the Chicago Bulls.  The Blazers are led by Brandon Roy and have a youthful core of players including LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Fernandez and Greg Oden.  The Bulls have rookie Derrick Rose who is already among their scoring leaders. SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Trail Blazers at Home.


The Bulls have won five of the last eight in this series but they have dropped seven of their last nine in Portland. Chicago has swept the season series two of the last four years, while Portland swept last year’s season series for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign. In two games against the Bulls last season, Roy averaged 26.5 points per game, 8.5 assists per game, and 5 rebounds per game.   The Bulls were led last season against the Blazers by Ben Gordon.  This season he should get some support from Rose who is leading the team in assists and is second in scoring.  The Blazers have been solid at home this season and will be the NBA betting favorite against the Bulls on Wednesday.


Here are the NBA betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Northwest. The underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the two teams.


The Trail Blazers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Trail Blazers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Trail Blazers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games playing on no rest. The Trail Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Eastern Conference.


SBG Global Current Line: Trail Blazers   – 6 , Total 192.5


The Under is 5-0-1 in the Bulls last 6 vs. the Western Conference. The Over is 7-2-1 in the Bulls last 10 games playing on no rest. The Over is 5-2 in the Bulls last 7 Wednesday games. The Under is 12-5 in the Bulls last 17 overall. The Over is 14-6-2 in the Bulls last 22 road games. The Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Portland between the two teams.


Pick: Bulls 2 out of 5 units

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