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Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/15/13

Chicago Bulls (3-3) at Toronto Raptors (4-5)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -1 -- Over/Under: 183 See the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls head to Toronto on Friday to square off against the Raptors.

The Toronto Raptors are playing pretty well this season, going 4-5 overall and at home, the Raptors are 2-1 overall this season.  The Raptors are notoriously good at home; thanks in large part to the unique travel opposing teams have to go through to get there.  Toronto’s offense has struggled this season, but defensively the Raptors are outstanding, ranking fifth in the league currently, allowing just 94.9 points per game.

Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/15/13

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The Chicago Bulls are 3-3 on the year so far with all three losses for the Bulls coming on the road.  Chicago is a very good rebounding team, which shows up in their defensive scoring numbers, as the Bulls are ranked third in the league in scoring defense, allowing 91 points per outing.  Chicago’s offense is struggling this year however, as the Bulls are ranked all the way back at 28th overall, scoring just 92.3 points per game on the year.  Leading the Bulls offensively this season is Carlos Boozer, who is scoring an average of 18 points per outing.

The Chicago Bulls are struggling at the betting window this season as well, as Chicago is just 2-4 against the spread overall on the year.  The Bulls are also 0-3 ATS in road games this season.  The Bulls two ATS wins this season did come against teams with losing records on the year. 

The Toronto Raptors are sitting at 5-4 against the spread on the season, a flip-flop of their overall record.  Toronto is just 1-2 against the spread at home this season, and on Friday’s Toronto is 1-1 on the year.  While facing the Central division, the Raptors are 2-0 against the spread, and coming off of a non-conference game, Toronto is also 2-0 ATS.

This game is an absolute no play for me.  The odds makers nailed my personal line and total on this game dead on the money (probably a bad sign for them).  With that being the case, I'm going to back the home Raptors.  Toronto is always tough at home, and the Bulls have been horrible on the road this season.  Like I said, this game is a pass for me, but if you must, I'd take the Raptors.

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