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(33-37) Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors (41-29)
Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre – Toronto
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: TOR -7
NBA Betting Total: 201.5
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Tuesday NBA sees a matchup between two Eastern Conference squads with different postseason outlooks at this juncture.
Toronto, although still learning to deal with Kyle Lowry sidelined, is doing everything in its power to prove it still holds claim to the East’s second-best-team title (and subsequently, the title of biggest challenger to the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers).
The Bulls, on the other hand, have all but removed themselves from playoff discussion with the removal of Dwyane Wade from the lineup for the season due to injury.
But here’s the catch: This game is on national television. Nobody wants to be embarrassed on ESPN — not even a team that would rather secure ping-pong balls than victories at this point in the process.
*All statistics, standings, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing at 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 20, 2017.
The Bulls enter this contest averaging 101.8 points per game.
That number is only good enough for 25th in the league, and is largely due to the fact that this squad simply can’t spread the floor with its collection of non-shooters.
Defensively, Chicago has been more impressive in terms of raw statistics. On the year, it’s giving up just 103.1 points per night, which is good enough for eighth in the league.
Against Toronto, Jimmy Butler will be the key on both ends of the court. This isn’t an uncommon theme for this group, but against Toronto, it’s even more crucial.
Without Lowry on the floor, DeMar DeRozan is the go-to option on offense, not just in terms of scoring but also playmaking. Butler will look to lock him down, and if he can, the Raptors will be in trouble.
Offensively, Butler is used to taking on the scoring load for Chicago, but will have to do so against DeRozan this time around to make the most of Chicago being seven-point favorites.
Look for this matchup to dictate which team has the edge.
Toronto enters this game scoring 106.9 points per game. That number is good enough for 10th in the league.
Defensively, this squad is giving up 103.1 points per night. That number is good enough for seventh.
As you can see, the Raps have been far more balanced in their two-way production this season than Chicago. Part of that is due to the fact that this team has found point guard production even in Lowry’s absence.
DeRozan will be the star of the show as far as Toronto is concerned, but guys like Serge Ibaka and Corey Joseph will make it so Chicago can’t simply lock down on the Raptors’ best player.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Raptors are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Under is 6-1 in Bulls last 7 Tuesday games.
- Under is 8-2 in Bulls last 10 overall
- Under is 5-2 in Raptors last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 11-5 in Raptors last 16 overall
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The Raptors have been a difficult team to trust since they lost Kyle Lowry, but as of late, that trend seems to be reversing itself.
Toronto enters this contest having won three of its last four, having won all three of those games by double-digits.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: TOR ATS
The Bulls, on the other hand, have seen their season go from bad to worse.
Despite picking up a win in their most recent outing (a 95-86 victory over the Utah Jazz), there’s virtually no hope of this team getting into the postseason with Dwayne Wade now sidelined for the year with an injury to the elbow on his shooting arm.
The Raptors should have little trouble with Chicago in this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto Raptors 107 – Chicago Bulls 98
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