Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (21-6) at Chicago Bulls (17-9)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors invade the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Toronto Raptors have won nine of their last 11 games and will be going for a seventh straight win tonight after taking down the lowly Knicks by 118-108 yesterday afternoon. Kyle Lowry continued his fantastic season with 22 points and nine assists while Terrence Ross added 18 points, but the points just didn't stop there as Greivis Vasquez added 21 points and Louis Williams had 22 off the bench as the Raptors jumped on the Knicks early on and led from start to finish. With the win, Toronto improved to 22-6 overall and 14-3 at home where they've won four of their last five.
USA TODAY Sports
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have won five of their last six and are coming off an important 103-97 win over the red-hot Grizzlies thanks to another monster night from Jimmy Butler who scored 31 points after pouring in 35 just a couple nights earlier. Aaron Brooks added a valuable 17 points off the bench, but it was actually the rookie Nikola Mirotic whose career-high 27 points and six three pointers was the difference between the teams. Seemingly outmatched on paper, the Bulls who were without Derrick Rose just got the jump on the tired Grizzlies and kept them at bay right till the end, with Mirotic knocking in a three pointer every time the Bulls needed one. With the win, Chicago jumps to 17-9 overall and a very impressive 12-4 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Bulls are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following a win and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games.
Head to head, the Raptors are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall and a dominant 12-2 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Chicago.
The line has yet to be released for this one so please check back before tip-off for my free pick.