Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls Prediction ATS
Toronto Raptors (40-31 SU, 40-30-1 ATS) vs. Chicago Bulls (41-29 SU, 37-32-1 ATS)
When: Monday March 21 2022, 08:00 PM (ET)
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Point Spread: TOR +4.5/CHI -4.5 (Opened CHI -4.5 at BetOnline)
Total: 225 (Opened at 225)
Money Line: Toronto 148/Chicago -180
Power Rating: CHI -5
Probable Starting Lineups
Toronto Raptors PG Fred VanVleet IN, SG Gary Trent, SF Scottie Barnes, PF Pascal Siakam, C Khem Birch
Chicago Bulls PG Ayo Dosunmu, SG Zach LaVine, SF Javonte Green, PF DeMar DeRozan, C Nikola Vucevic
Malachi Flynn: Hamstring (OUT)
OG Anunoby: Finger (OUT)
David Johnson: Knee (OUT)
Patrick Williams: Wrist (PROBABLE)
Lonzo Ball: Knee (OUT)
The Chicago Bulls host the Toronto Raptors in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 08:00 PM ET at the United Center.
The Toronto Raptors come into this game with an overall record of 40-31, placing them 7th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Toronto is above .500 on the road, holding a record of 23-15. Over their last five games, the Raptors have played well, picking up 4 wins. In this stretch, Toronto’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 112.0 points per game. Combined, the Raptors’ last five opponents are giving up 110.0 points per contest. The Raptors have been picking up wins, while holding opponents to an average of 107.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 107.3. In the Toronto Raptors’ most recent game, Toronto took down Philadelphia by a score of 93-88
The Chicago Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 41-29, placing them 5th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Chicago is above .500 at home, holding a record of 25-10. Over the Bulls’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. In this stretch, Chicago’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 106.0 points per game. Combined, the Bulls’ last five opponents are giving up 109.0 points per contest. In this recent cold stretch, the Bulls are allowing an average of 113.0 points per game, similar to their usual rate of 111.2.In the Chicago Bulls’ most recent game, the team fell to Phoenix by a score of 129-102.
Individual Player Analysis
As Toronto travels to take on the Chicago Bulls, the Raptors’ leading scorer is Pascal Siakam. Through 58 games, Siakam is averaging 22 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 47.0% of his games. So far, the Bulls are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 51.61% of their games, placing them 18th among NBA defenses. On the other side, DeMar DeRozan leads the Bulls in scoring, averaging 27 points across his 66 games. Throughout the season, DeRozan has outscored his season average in 53.0% of his outings. Given that Toronto’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, DeMar DeRozan should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Raptors have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 62.5% of their games, giving them a rank of 29th among NBA defenses.
The Bulls come into this game as the more efficient offensive team, averaging 110.1 points per 100 possessions. When playing as the superior offensive unit, Chicago is winning at a rate of 74%. These wins are coming by an average margin of 12.0 points. On the other side, the Raptors hold the advantage on the defensive end of the floor. So far, they have played 22 games as the better defensive team, picking up 14 wins.
Heading into today’s matchup, the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls have met up for 3 games. In their last meeting, Toronto picked up a 127-120 win.
How the Public is Betting the Raptors vs Bulls
67% are betting the Bulls against the spread.
52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 225.0
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Betting Trends Worth Noting
- Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Bulls are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games.
- Bulls are 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 games as a favorite.
Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread
The Toronto Raptors travel to take on the Chicago Bulls after picking up a much-needed win over the 76ers. On the other side, Chicago will be looking to bounce back after dropping their last game to Phoenix. Working in their favor is the fact that Toronto is playing on back-to-back nights. As we head down the stretch of the regular season, the Bulls need get back on track, as they are in danger of slipping even further down the standings. Look for Chicago to pick up the win and cover the spread at home.
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