Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Friday Night December 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST.
The (17-5) Portland Trailblazers of the Western Conference Northwest division will make the trip from the Twin Cities, where they lost on Wednesday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Windy City to take on the (13-8) Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference Central division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. This Sports Handicapper believes the Portland Trailblazers, who lead in the division with a 7′ game lead, can’t rest on their laurel because Oklahoma City is healthy. The Chicago Bulls are sitting in a good position in the East, but they are an injury away from being an average team. The betting line has Chicago as a 1-point home favorite Against The Spread, and the betting odds total is at 198 points for Friday Night’s game.
The 2014-15 Portland Trailblazers have played three straight on the road going 2-1 and have two remaining away for the Northwest. The Trailblazers play two night’s in a row with Indiana looming on Saturday. Portland is 6-1 Against The Point Spread the last seven meetings between the teams, and the under is 5-1 their last six overall. Portland is 3-4 Against The Number, going under the betting odds total three times and staying under four NBA Expert Betting Picks their last seven on the road. The key to Portland win is to get up and down the court, they have been held under 100 points the past two games. Portland needs to push the pace; that’s when they are at their best.
The 2014-15 Chicago Bulls will be playing their third game in a row on their home court, they beat Brooklyn Wednesday Night 105-80. Chicago could be without Joakim Noah and rookie Doug McDermott on Friday; both are questionable. The over is 5-2-1 the last eight meetings between the teams at the United Center and the over is also 6-1 the Bulls last seven on Friday’s. The Bulls are still playing tough defense, but the real surprise is how much they are scoring, over 102 points per contest this season. They are 1-2 ATS their last three at home, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under once.
Free Pick: Portland+1.