Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors

 

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(This game is postponed due to COVID-19

issues on Toronto)

The Chicago Bulls will be going for their second consecutive road win when they face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. The Bulls are coming off a 106-97 loss to Phoenix as 6.5-point underdogs. The Raptors are coming off a 122-111 win over Houston as 6.5-point favorites.

Toronto is 10-0 in its last 10 games against Chicago.

Bulls Going For Fourth Win In Five Games

The Bulls had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Suns in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Raptors, which will give them their fourth win in their last five games and snap their losing streak against Toronto.

Chicago is one of the best offensive teams in the league, averaging 114.7 points per game. They finished with 97 points in their last game, making 49.4 percent of their field goals and 38.7 percent of their three-pointers.

Zach LaVine led the way for Chicago with 24 points and four assists. Coby White finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Thaddeus Young added 13 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists for the Bulls.

Chicago hasn’t played as well defensively, giving up 114.8 points per game. They gave up 106 points in their last game and will need another solid defensive effort if they want to win this game.

Raptors Going For Second Consecutive Win

The Raptors snapped their two-game losing streak with a win over Houston in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Bulls, which will give them their second win in a row and sixth win in their last eight games.

Toronto has played well offensively, averaging 112.9 points per game. They finished with 122 points in their last game, making 44.9 percent of their field goals and 39 percent of their three-pointers.

Norman Powell led the way for Toronto with 30 points and three rebounds. Fred VanVleet finished with 25 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Kyle Lowry added 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Raptors.

The Raptors were able to get past Houston without Pascal Siakam and head coach Nick Nurse, who missed the game because of COVID-19 concerns. Siakam is currently ruled out for this game but could play if his tests come back negative before Sunday.

Toronto is one of the best defensive teams in the league, giving up 110.4 points per game. They gave up 111 points in their last game and will need to play better if they want to get the win.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Bulls are playing well at the moment, but they continue to struggle against Eastern Conference teams. They have done a great job in the paint in their last three games, averaging 59.3 points per game, but they won’t have as much success in this game because the Raptors are one of the best shot-blocking teams in the league, averaging 7.3 blocks per game in their last three games. The Bulls have also been very careless with the ball in recent games, averaging 17.3 turnovers per game in their last three games. The Raptors do a great job of creating turnovers, averaging nine steals per game at home, so expect them to get easy points off turnovers in this game. Even though they will miss Siakam on both ends of the floor, Chris Boucher has proven to be a capable replacement and will be up to the task once again. With the Raptors winning the last 12 meetings between the two teams, Toronto makes the most sense here.

Prediction:
Toronto Raptors

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Raptors are averaging 112.9 points per game and 110.1 points per game at home. They are 17th in pace, with the team averaging 102.8 possessions per game, but they will go over their average against the Bulls, who are giving up 114.8 points per game on the road. The Bulls are averaging 114.7 points per game and play better on the road, averaging 117.8 points per game. They play at the third-fastest pace in the league, with the team averaging 105.4 possessions per game. Even though they are facing a defense that is giving up 107.3 points per game at home, they will score enough points to push the score over the total.

Prediction:
Over