Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls - 2/19/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (35-17) at Chicago Bulls (27-26)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls +5.5 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors invade the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Raptors have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the past few weeks, but they'll be scratching their heads after their poor effort in their 117-112 loss at Minnesota in their last outing. DeMar DeRozan led the team with a game-high 35 points but Kyle Lowry shot just four of 15 for his 14 points and while it didn't hurt the Raptors in the first half, the Raptors needed his scoring in a 62-44 second half dominated by the Wolves who were led by 35 points from Karl-Anthony Towns. Despite the loss, Toronto has still won 14 of their last 16 games which has them at 35-17 on the season which leaves them just 3.5 games behind the first-placed Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Bulls's season looks to be spiralling out of control as they've lost five straight and eight of their last 10. In last night's 106-95 loss to the Cavaliers, Derrick Rose poured in 28 points and Pau Gasol added 14 points last night, but the Bulls were always facing an uphill battle without their best player in Jimmy Butler who will miss at least three weeks with a knee injury. With the loss, Chicago falls to 27-26 on the season which has them at eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, just half a game ahead of the ninth placed Detroit.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss, while the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five home games.
Head to head, the Raptors are 0-7 ATS in the last seven meetings overall but a healthy 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Chicago.
A healthy Bulls team at the United Center can pull off the minor upset against the Raptors, but I just don't trust them without Butler because he just contributes so much on both ends of the floor. Take Toronto to come into town and and leave with a solid road win tonight.