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2021 NBA Handicapping
(27-42) Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls (29-40)
Date: Thursday, May 13th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, IL.
NBA Moneyline Odds: Raptors +360 | Bulls -490
NBA Betting Odds: Bulls -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
Thursday, May 13th finds the Toronto Raptors playing the Chicago Bulls for the third and final time this season. The Bulls won both prior meetings ending a 12 game streak the Raptors held versus them.
Last season, the clubs played three times with Toronto sweeping. The Bulls hold the all-time record having won 50 matches of the 94 played
A season of adversity is thankfully coming to an end for the Toronto Raptors. The big questions for the franchise have already shifted to the offseason with the primary focus on a few free agents and the man running the show.
Masai Ujiri is considered one of the best front-office executives and his contract has to be resolved. The main free-agent decision is Kyle Lowry who the franchise would love to keep in the fold but his asking price or rather the term of that contract will likely be the deciding factor.
Gary Trent Jr. and Chris Boucher are the key free agents to make decisions on as the franchise looks to build around the core of Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby.
Boucher returned to the court Tuesday after missing nine games due to injury. He produced 16 points, seven rebounds, a steal, and a block versus the Clippers. He’ll be out on Thursday however for “injury recovery” — a tip of the hat by the Raptors they are investing in losing to finish the season.
Trent Jr. is back in action after missing six games due to injury. In his three games back he’s averaged 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists while shaking off the rust shooting below his season efficiency averages.
Lowry (rest), Siakam (shoulder), VanVleet (hip flexor), Anunoby (calf- injury recovery), Boucher (knee sprain- recovery), Aron Baynes (foot contusion), Rodney Hood (hand fracture), and Paul Watson (knee tendinitis) are all out.
Landing the 10th seed to participate in the play-in tournament remains a possibility for the Bulls thanks to the Wizards’ inability to capitalize on games this week.
The Wizards lost consecutive matches versus the Hawks and in doing so opened the door for the Bulls who trail them by 2.5 games with three matches remaining.
The door is ajar but Chicago will need some help. Three games remain with this match versus the Raptors followed by two tough tests at the Nets and home to the Bucks to close out the season schedule.
Washington would also have to lose both their games versus the Cavaliers and Hornets. That seems unlikely given the Cav are invested in losing all their remaining games to secure better lottery positioning.
Chicago could know as soon as Friday if the Wizards defeats the Cavs which would secure their play-in participation and simultaneously eliminate the Bulls.
Troy Brown Jr., (left ankle sprain) and Daniel Theis (right hip contusion), and Tomas Satoransky (left ankle sprain) are all questionable for Thursday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 8-2 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
I wonder in hindsight if the Bulls will rue their decision to push for that 10th seed instead of tanking for a quality prospect from this deep draft class.
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