Bulls at Raptors - 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
TV: WGN, TSN
The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.
The Chicago Bulls hope for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 101.3 points on 43 percent shooting and allowing 99.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.1 points and 3.6 assists while Pau Gasol is averaging 16.3 points and 10.6 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Bulls are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 11.7 turnovers per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four of their last five road games. Derrick Rose is questionable with a hamstring injury.
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The Toronto Raptors look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 99.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 96.4 points on 43 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.9 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.6 points and 6.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.2 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 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last eight home games.
The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Raptors are becoming one of the top teams in the East and have been playing lights out ball on their home court. The Bulls continue to struggle on the road and still have a banged up Rose. I'll eat the small chalk with the home team.