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Blazers vs Bulls: prediction and bets on 2021-22 NBA, November 17, 2021

Match info

The Portland Trailblazers and Chicago Bulls will lock horns in the regular season of basketball NBA 2021-22. The match will start on November 17, 2021, at 7 p.m. local time (November 18 at 6 a.m. Moscow time) at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Meeting statistics

Over the past 5 years, Chicago have only beaten Portland once on the road. Now the Bulls have assembled the best roster in recent years, so it seems it is the time to interrupt the unsuccessful streak. Will the Bulls succeed in this?

The current form of Portland

Around the team leader Damian Lillard, for once, a strong team gathered. Anfernee Simons got more playing time and performed well, Larry Nance is a decent defensive roleplayer, and Cody Zeller and Nassir Little didn’t get their place in the rotation for nothing.

True, the Blazers leader himself is stuck at the start of the season so far. The star point guard scores just 38.7% of shots from the field, gaining 20.3 points per game, and CJ McCollum, after a good start, lost his edge. So far, Portland are only 9th in the Western Conference, winning 7 out of 15 matches, and are already 2 wins behind the top 6. It is not yet known whether Lillard will play in the duel with Chicago, and the participation of Norman Powell is also in question.

In the last match of the regular season, Chauncey Billups’ charges beat Toronto at home 118-113. This time, the leaders didn’t disappoint: McCollum scored 29 points with 6 out of 11 from beyond the arc, and Lillard shot well both from afar and from middle distance. The backups chalked up a large share of the points, and Nance was especially good: 7 out of 7 for two points and 15 points in total.

The current form of Chicago

Lately, the Bulls have been sweeping away almost everything in their path. In 4 out of 5 previous games, Chicago have invariably won, and this despite the fact that Nikola Vučević is out of the roster due to the coronavirus. In the absence of the Montenegrin big man, the starting center was Tony Bradley, who is not very useful in attack. DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine so far make up for this with interest, gaining an average of 26.9 and 25.9 points, respectively.

It is not yet clear whether Coby White, who has returned from an injury, is able to contribute: in the debut meeting, he didn’t score a single point, having collected only 1 rebound in 11 minutes. Patrick Williams will not help the Bulls until the end of the season, Javonte Green may not play against Portland, and a slight wrist injury is likely to prevent Alex Caruso from entering the court.

The day before, Billy Donovan’s wards didn’t leave a stone unturned from the Lakers in the away match – 121-103. In the course of the encounter, the advantage of Chicago reached 28 points. The opponents only came close twice, and this was at the very beginning of the clash. The players of the starting five of Chicago scored 97 points in total, and Derrick Jones showed himself the best of the backups. Lonzo Ball and LaVine scored 13 three-pointers, while DeRozan traditionally hit a lot from the middle range and scored 38 points, becoming the most productive in the team.

Head-to-head encounters

In their last 10 head-to-head matches, Portland have beaten Chicago 9 times, while the teams exchanged away victories last season. In the previous match, the Blazers were stronger on the road with a score of 123-122, and at that time, Jusuf Nurkić and McCollum didn’t take the court.

Key facts about Portland v Chicago:

• Portland scored 6 wins in a row at home
• Chicago have won 7 of their last 10 games away
• Portland are 7th in the NBA’s attacking rankings, Chicago are 11th

Match analytics

Much in the upcoming meeting will depend on whether Powell and Lillard will play or not, but if at least one of them hits the floor, Portland’s chances will be quite high. Yes, at Chicago, LaVine and DeRozan are now excelling, but the bench sags very much and there is simply no one among the backups to score points. Don’t forget about the absence of Vučević, and the injury of Williams hit the Bulls roster hard. They shot well from beyond the arc in their last game, but Portland were not far behind in terms of three-pointers overall for the season (35.2% for the Blazers versus 36.9% for the Bulls).

Personal meetings also speak in favor of the hosts, so we propose to bet on the following outcome at FansBet, a bookmaker with betting bonuses (such as the welcome offer of 2x €20 free bets): win of the Blazers at an odd of 1.83.

Results of the forecast

Successful forecast. Blazers vs Bulls 112:107

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