Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/28/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (19-12) at Chicago Bulls (16-12)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -2.5 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, Sportsnet One, CSNC
The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls square off Monday night at the United Center.
The Toronto Raptors look to remain red hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 100.1 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.7 points and 6.1 assists. DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.9 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last eight road games. Jonas Valanciunas is questionable with a finger injury.
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The Chicago Bulls look for a big home win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 100.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.4 points and 3.5 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 16.1 points and 10.9 rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 5.2 assists and Nikola Mirotic is grabbing six rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.9 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have won six of their last 10 home games.
The Raptors are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Bulls are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Chicago and 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
While the Raptors have all the advantages with the trends, I like the way the Bulls are playing right now and think Gasol can takeover this game if Valanciunas can't go. Give me Chicago at home.