Two teams sitting on opposite sides of the Eastern conference table are clashing today, when the second Toronto Raptors (51-23), who want to end their current small losing streak, are hosting the third-worse Chicago Bulls (21-53), who saw a small winning streak end and are looking to bounce back in this game.
Date/Time: 03-26-2019, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -13.5
Toronto Raptors have a 51-23 record (32-42 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Hornets with a 114-115 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27.2 ppg, adding 7.5 boards per game. He is followed by Pascal Siakam with 16.8 ppg and 6.9 boards per game.
Chicago Bulls have a 21-53 record (33-40-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak end by losing at home against the Jazz with an 83-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Zach LaVine with 23.7 ppg, adding 4.7 boards and 4.5 dimes per game. He is followed by Lauri Markkanen with 18.9 ppg and a team high 9 boards per game.
Raptors have won both meetings against the Bulls this season (at home by 6 points and on the road by 39). Raptors have a 29-9 home record, while the Bulls are 12-24 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 114.1 ppg to Bulls’ 105.3 ppg and defensively, allowing 108.8 ppg to Bulls’ 113.2. They also have a better field goal percentage (47.3% to 45.4%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (35.9% to 35.6%). Raptors are better in boards grabbed (45.1 to 42.6), in turnovers committed (13.4 to 13.8) and in dimes made (25 to 22.1). Raptors are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -13.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -13.5 (-109)
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