Free NBA Picks Today: Portland Trail Blazers vs Chicago Bulls 3/24/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Portland Trail Blazers vs Chicago Bulls 3/24/23
Fri 24th March 2023

The Portland Trail Blazers (32-40, 17-18 Home) will be out to snap their losing skid at home Friday when they play host to the Chicago Bulls (34-38, 14-21 Away), who will seek to add to a winning road run of their own. Chicago was blown out by the Philadelphia 76ers 116-91 at United Center on Wednesday.

With 19 points, Coby White was the scoring leader in defeat. Andre Drummond added 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Bulls are the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Portland got the win on Wednesday at Vivint Arena, beating the Utah Jazz 127-115. Damian Lillard had 30 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds to lead the team.

The Trail Blazers are 13th in the Western Conference. This marks the final meeting of the season between the teams. After winning the only previous season meeting against Portland 129-121 at United Center on February 4, Chicago will be aiming for a season sweep.

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 36 points and six rebounds. Lillard had 40 points in the loss. The Bulls have been led this season by DeMar DeRozan and LaVine, who are averaging 25.1 and 24.9 points per game, respectively.

DeRozan also has dished 5.0 assists per game. Meanwhile, Nikola Vucevic is grabbing 11.3 rebounds per game. Lillard has been the primary provider of the Blazers’ offense, averaging 32.2 points per game. He ranks as the third-highest scorer in the NBA. Lillard also has tallied 7.3 assists per game, 10th-most in the NBA.

Jusuf Nurkic has collected 9.1 rebounds per game.The Trail Blazers have found success in the Bulls’ last 10 visits to Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, winning seven. Chicago is seeking a fifth successive win away from home this season.

Portland has dropped four straight at home this season. Chicago is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +0.5 (114.5-114.0). Portland has a 3-7 record over the last 10, allowing 119.5 points per game on average while scoring only 111.3 (-8.2 margin).

BULLS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Coby White: 20.4 | 13.8 | +6.6
Points per game:
Coby White: 13.6 | 8.9 | +4.7
Rebounds per game:
DeMar DeRozan: 6.6 | 4.7 | +1.9
Assists per game:
Zach LaVine: 5.8 | 4.1 | +1.7

TRAIL BLAZERS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Trendon Watford: 23.2 | 12.5 | +10.7
Jerami Grant: 13.0 | 27.3 | -14.3
Points per game:
Jerami Grant: 7.0 | 20.5 | -13.5
Rebounds per game:
Damian Lillard: 6.3 | 4.8 | +1.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Chicago Bulls (-190)

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