2018 Season NBA Basketball Past Picks
January 09, 2019
Chicago at Portland
Wednesday 01/09 10:05 PM Eastern
1 unit on Portland -9.5 (-105) (risk 1 to return 1.95) RESULT: WIN
Chicago has lost four in a row and is showing no improvement even with a new coach and the return of some injured players. The Bulls come off a 17-point home loss to Brooklyn and now embark on a five-game trip against the tough Western Conference. The Bulls are averaging only 100.4 points per game, which would have been fine 15 years ago, but now they rank dead last in scoring and #25 in field goal percentage. Portland has won and covered the last three meetings and the Trail Blazers have won four of their last five games, including a big victory over Houston before defeating New York 111-101 on Monday. Jusuf Nurkic led six scorers in double figures with 20 points and CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard added 17 apiece against the Knicks, who were held to 40.4 percent from the field. Chicago is 2-7 ATS its last nine games with two days rest and the Blazers have covered 11 of their last 16 home games versus opponents with .400 or less winning percentage. Take the Trail Blazers.