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(23-11) Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls (17-18)
Date: Saturday January 07
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -3
NBA Betting Total: 207
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This Eastern Conference showdown features the Raptors traveling to face the Bulls.
The Raptors are just 1-3 in their last 4 games, while Chicago is 2-2 in their last 4 contests.
The Bulls have won 9 in a row against Toronto during the regular season.
Toronto has clearly played like the #2 team in the East this season, even with their recent struggles. Scoring only 82 points against a strong San Antonio team may be the wakeup call they need to turn things around.
After receiving a max deal in the offseason, DeMar DeRozan has lived up to the contract so far this season. He is one of the league leaders in points per game at 27.5, and scored 26 of the Raptors 82 in the loss to the Spurs.
He is also chipping in 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game and will be the #1 option every time the Raptors step onto the court.
He will go toe to toe with fellow All Star Jimmy Butler, and I expect this to be the best matchup of the night.
Kyle Lowry hasn’t let his poor playoffs affect him during the first half of the season, as he is putting up over 22 points and 7 assists per contest.
It was very surprising to see him have such a poor shooting night against the San Antonio guards, as he scored just 6 points on 2-9 shooting.
Going up against Rajon Rondo should provide a great opportunity for Lowry to break out of this slump, but I don’t see it happening tonight.
Jonas Valanciunas had a strong game against the Utah Jazz Thursday night, putting up a double double after struggling mightily against the Spurs.
His strong play should hold up against a Chicago front line that only has Taj Gibson to anchor the defense.
Jimmy Butler has been red hot in the last 4 games for Chicago. He started this 4 game stretch with a 40 point outburst against the Nets, and capped it off with 52 (21-22 from the free throw line!!) against the Hornets.
He is averaging nearly 36 points per game during this stretch and I don’t expect him to slow down anytime soon. He should easily put up 25+ points in his 5th straight game.
Dwayne Wade’s sore knee has kept him out of the last couple of games, and his status is up in the air against the Raptors.
If he does suit up expect less than 20 minutes from the former All League performer, as his health for a long playoff run is the #1 priority.
Taj Gibson won’t light the scoreboard on fire, but he is a consistent scorer and low post defender.
He had 6 points and 7 rebounds in his last game, but has struggled shooting the ball. If he can get out of this shooting slump and continue his strong play on the defensive end the Bulls should pull out a close one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-4 in TOR last 13 Sat. games.
- Over is 9-4 in TOR last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.
- TOR are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
- Under is 6-2 in CHI last 8 home games.
- Under is 8-3 in CHI last 11 vs. Eastern Conference.
- CHI are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
- TOR are 0-9 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
- Underdog is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
Butler has been scoring at will, but I don’t see his supporting cast doing enough to close out the win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 106 – Chicago 103
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