Chicago Bulls (2-6) at Toronto Raptors (5-4)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 197 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Chicago Bulls look for their second road win of the season to rebound from a rough 2-6 start. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 91.9 points on 39.4 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 16.3 points and nine rebounds while Justin Holiday is averaging 15.6 points and 1.4 assists. Robin Lopez is the third double-digit scorer and Denzel Valentine is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 32.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.4 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost three of their last four road games. Bobby Portis is expected to make his season debut here.
The Toronto Raptors look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 107.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.9 points and 3.8 assists while Serge Ibaka is averaging 12.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing seven rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won two of their last three home games.
The Bulls are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss. The Bulls are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Toronto, 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Raptors last 7 overall and the under is 5-0 in Bulls last 5 overall.
I know the under is a popular trend for both of these teams, but the over has hit in 10 of the last 11 meetings between the Bulls and Raptors. The meeting last month produced 217 points and both teams have topped 100 points in six of the last seven meetings. The Bulls are getting a spark back in Portis, which should help, and the Raptors are getting healthier with Lowry and Miles being upgraded to probable. I like the over in this game with the total being under 200 points.