Bulls vs. Raptors - 3/20/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (41-27) at Chicago Bulls (41-28)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN-, WGN
The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls square off late Friday night at the United Center.
The Toronto Raptors need a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 101.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozanis averaging 19 points and 4.3 rebounds while Louis Williams is averaging 15.1 points and 1.9 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez is dishing 3.6 assists. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 47.3 percent shooting in their last five games and have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing 100-plus points. The Raptors have lost seven of their last nine road games and are in danger of dropping out of the third seed. Kyle Lowry is questionable with a back injury.
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The Chicago Bulls need a win after losing five of their last seven games. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 100.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and are allowing 98.8 points on 44 percent shooting. Pau Gasol is averaging 18.4 points and 12 rebounds while Aaron Brooks is averaging 11.4 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy is shooting 42.9 percent from the field. The Chicago Bulls are shooting just 42.8 percent from the field in their last five games and have lost five of their last seven when scoring less than 100 points. The good news for the Bulls is that they’ve won eight of their last 11 games on their home court.
The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Bulls are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
I trust the Bulls at home a lot more than the Raptors on the road. In a toss up game, I'm siding with Chicago.