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2021 NBA Handicapping
(21-28) Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors (20-31)
Date: Thursday, April 8th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Bulls -3
NBA Betting Total: OFF
On Thursday, April 8th, the Chicago Bulls meets the Toronto Raptors for the second time this season. Chicago ended a 12-game losing streak to the Raptors going back to the 2017 season with their win earlier this year on March 14th (118-95).
Last season, the squads played three times with Toronto winning all three contests. The Bulls hold the all-time record having won 49 matches of the 93 played.
Entering this match the Bulls have two solid victories over the Nets and Pacers and have put distance between themselves and the Raptors.
They are currently the tenth seed and are hoping to move up. A top sixth berth isn’t inconceivable with 23 games remaining. The fifth (Hornets) and sixth seeds (Heat) are four games up on Chicago while the seventh (Knicks) and eighth (Celtics) seeds are three games up.
Nikola Vucevic is paying dividends already as he delivered a monster game in the recent win over the Pacers. Vucevic registered a double-double of 32 points, 17 rebounds with five assists, and a block.
Zach LaVine posted 19 points, eight rebounds, and six assists while Thaddeus Young also played big delivering 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal, and a block.
Lauri Markkanen (15), Coby White (13), and Patrick Williams (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Garrett Temple (hamstring) and the trio of Daniel Theis, Devon Dotson, and Adam Mokoka are all not with the team. All four are listed as day-to-day.
The only good news for the Raptors in this outing is it’s not the second game of a back-to-back scenario as they fell again in that situation to the undermanned Lakers.
It didn’t help that OG Anunoby got ejected with less than 10 minutes on the court for an altercation with Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell with the latter also ejected.
Pascal Siakam led the way with 27 points. Chris Boucher delivered a better performance than his recent outings with 19 points and nine rebounds but most of it came with the game out of hand.
A game after his game-winner Gary Trent Jr. offered 11 points but was 4 of 15 from the field.
If there was a positive to glean in the loss it was the play of DeAndre Bembry and rookie Malachi Flynn. In the role of starting point guard, Bembry delivered 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, and five steals.
Flynn is channeling Fred VanVleet in his minutes especially defensively with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block.
VanVleet (hip), Kyle Lowry (foot), Rodney Hood (hip), Paul Watson Jr. (health and safety protocols), Pat McCaw (knee), and Jalen Harris (hip) are all out Thursday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 9-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Raptors are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
This match is a must-win for the Raptors which is difficult given how many members of their core are out and how well the Bulls are playing of late. Chicago needs to win one of the two games against the Raptors to win the season series.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls ATS
Toronto tends to get up for these big games but is so mired in injury it feels like this could be the game that ignites the tank to finish the season.
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