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Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/31/13

Toronto Raptors (13-15) at Chicago Bulls (12-17)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls +1.5 -- Over/Under: 186 See the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Raptors head to the United Center on Tuesday to face the Chicago Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls are sitting at 12-17 this season following a 95-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday in Memphis.  The Bulls have played solid defense all season long, but the offense stepped but big against Memphis.  Leading the way for the Bulls was Butler, who finished the night with 26 points.  Boozer was also a big contributor offensively for Chicago, putting up 21 points on the night.  The Bulls have now won three out of their last four, so perhaps Chicago can use some of this momentum on Tuesday against a solid Toronto team.

Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/31/13

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The Toronto Raptors are currently 13-15 on the year, and the Raptors are in the black on the road, going 8-7 this season.  Toronto, like the Bulls, plays very well defensively as the Raptors are holding opponents to an average of 98.9 points per game this season.  Toronto is led offensively by DeRozan, who is scoring an average of 21.1 points per game this season.  Toronto has also won three out of their last four heading into Tuesday’s meeting with the Bulls.

The Raptors are 6-0 in their last six games this season, when allowing triple digits in their previous outing.  The Raptors are also 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, a testament as to how well Toronto has played away from home this season. 

The Chicago Bulls are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, but the Bulls are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games following an outright win.  The Bulls are also 0-5 against the spread in their last five games played on Tuesday nights. 

Got burned by this play yesterday, but I'm taking the under here with Chicago.  The Bulls matchup well with the Raptors, who don't exactly have the most dynamic offense in the league.  Personally I won't be on this one, but having to make a pick here, I'll take the under.

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Under 182

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