Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls - 1/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (19-12) at Toronto Raptors (21-13)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls invade the Air Canada Center to take on the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
The Bulls have won four of their last five and will be going for a fourth straight win after making light work of the Knicks in a 108-81 victory on New Years Day. Jimmy Butler led the offense with 23 points and six assists while Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol chipped in with 17 points each as the Bulls closed the game with 31-8 fourth quarter to cruise past the Knicks and improve to 19-12 on the season and 14-5 at home. Derrick Rose sat out his second straight game while nursing his hamstring injury and his status for this game remains unclear.
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Just like the Bulls, the Raptors are coming off their fourth loss in five games after beating the Hornets by 104-94 on Friday. DeMar DeRozan led hte scoring with 23 points, Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 11 assists while DeMarre Carroll had 14 points as the Raptors rallied late to win the game on a dominant 30-12 fourth quarter. The Raptors really haven't been playing at their best lately in my opinion, but their defense has been coming up trumps which is why they've been piling on the wins lately, lifting them to 21-13 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games following a win, while the Raptors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team above .600 and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last six meetings overall and 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings in Toronto.
These two teams met just a week ago and it was the Bulls who won by 104-97 behind some balanced scoring which saw three players with 20 points or more, but I'm expecting the Raptors to bounce back at home and get one back against the Bulls in this one, especially if Rose doesn't play.