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Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/19/14

Chicago Bulls (27-25) at Toronto Raptors (28-24)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -2.5 -- Over/Under: 183 See the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Bulls head to Toronto on Wednesday night to face off against the first place Raptors.

The Toronto Raptors are putting together a solid season, leading their division and currently residing five games over the .500 mark with a record of 29-24 on the season.  Toronto has a suffocating defense that is allowing just 96.9 points per game on the year.  The offense is struggling, but if the defense continues to play this way in the second half, Toronto should cruise into the post season.  The Raptors are coming off a win against the Wizards on Tuesday night, defeating Washington 103-93 in Washington.  Lowry led the way for the Raptors on the night, finishing with 24 points and ten assists.

Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/19/14

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The Chicago Bulls are sitting at 27-25 on the season, and currently the Bulls are in fourth place in the East, trailing these Raptors by a game and a half.  Like Toronto, the Bulls have one of the better defenses in the game right now, holding their opponents to an average of 92.3 points per game, good enough for second in the NBA.  Chicago just doesn’t have the offense to seriously contend this season however.  The Bulls last outing was last Thursday, when the Bulls defeated the Brooklyn Nets 92-76 at home.

The Bulls are 6-0 against the spread in their last six game against the East, and the Bulls are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall.  The Bulls are also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games on the road against teams with a winning record. 

The Raptors are 9-2-1 against the spread in their last 12 games at home, and the Raptors are 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine games at home when facing a team with a losing record.

I have to take the Bulls here.  Toronto is playing well lately, and the Raptors are tough at home, but traveling back home with no rest after a game against the Wizards is tough, especially considering the Bulls have had plenty of time to rest their legs.  Toronto is just 14-10 at home this season, so they can be beat up there so look for the Bulls to give them a game in what I have figured as a coin-flip.

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Chicago +2.5

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