Bulls vs. Raptors - 2/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (35-17) at Chicago Bulls (27-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +5.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, CSNC
The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls square off early Friday night at the United Center.
The Toronto Raptors look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 101.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 97.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.4 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21 points and 6.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.4 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last nine road games. James Johnson is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Chicago Bulls could use a win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.9 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Pau Gasol is averaging 17 points and 10.9 rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 15.9 points and 4.8 assists. Taj Gibson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.4 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.9 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five straight home games.
The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulls are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Chicago and 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall.
I continue to say that the Raptors are the best team in the East, and they've had over a week of rest. Meanwhile the Bulls are still without Butler, have lost five straight at home and are coming off a blowout loss on Thursday against the Cavs. I like Toronto and the reasonable number.