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(25-10 Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls (13-24)
Date: Wednesday January 3, 2018
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -5
NBA Betting Total: 216
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The Toronto Raptors leave the warm confines of the Air Canada Center to hit the road again as they head to Ohio to play the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls had been on an 11 game win streak over the Raptors until recently with Toronto winning the last three including two this season. Last season, the squads played four times with the Celtics winning three of the four contests. The Bulls hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors 48 of 83 matches.
New Year’s Eve offered a major offensive show for fans as the Raptors and Bucks went to overtime scoring a combined 258 points. The win by Toronto was punctuated by DeMar DeRozan scoring 52 points to break the all-time single season scoring performance of Vince Carter and Terrence Ross of 51 points. DeRozan’s performance was accomplished via a super efficient night connecting of 17 of 29 from the field, 5 of 9 from deep and was perfect from the charity stripe (13 of 13).
Kyle Lowry was also impressive scoring 26 points with five treys of his own as well as six rebounds and assists. Although Antetokounmpo filled up the stat sheet the rookie OG Anunoby did a decent job defending the Greek Freak which resulted in him registering a team high plus/minus of plus 14.
The Raptors continue to perform well on both sides of the court as one of only two teams (Golden State Warriors) who rank top ten in offense (4th), defense (6th) and net differential (3rd). Those areas will be tested this month as the Raptors face a number of playoff seeds.
The Bulls held a long time win streak over the Raptors who recently broke through to beat them. The difference in this third meeting of the season is the Bulls have Nikola Mirotic back, Kris Dunn is playing better and the three’s are flying.
Despite the Raptors current three game win streak over the Bulls, the Raptors haven’t won on the Bulls court since 2013. On top of this stat the Bulls have several players who tend to raise their games when facing Toronto. As much as the Bulls are winning via their sharp shooting perimeter squad it’s Chicago’s defense which made the biggest strides. In the month of December the Bulls produced the sixth ranked defense.
Since Mirotic’s return to the lineup the Bulls have gone 10-4, but are recently having issues turning tight games into wins.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 7-3 in teams last 10 head to head matchups
- Over/Under is 9-1 in teams last 10 head to head meetings
- Chicago is 9-1 ATS in teams last 10 head to head contests.
- Under is 35-17 in Bulls last 52 home games.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction: Bulls keep it tight
As much as the Raptors are taking care of business years of watching inexplicable come back wins in Chicago have taught me to never count out the Bulls especially at home.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Take the Bulls and the points. Bulls +5
The Raptors beat the squads they should and perform equally well on the road. As much as they’ll be looking to end a losing streak stemming back to 2013 this game will be nip and tuck right to the buzzer.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 105- Bulls 103
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