Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (12-4) at Chicago Bulls (4-12)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Bulls +8.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls meet Saturday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Toronto Raptors could use a bounce back victory to snap a three-game losing streak. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 116.5 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 24.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 17.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Pascal Siakam is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven road games.

The Chicago Bulls could use a victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 104.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 112.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 25.9 points and four assists while Jabari Parker is averaging 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.6 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 42.4 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last six home games.

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The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Central. The Bulls are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Chicago, 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Chicago Bulls are probably better than their record indcates, as they've kept a lot of their losses to single digits and have competed despite being undermaned and lacking top tier talent. The problem is the Toronto Raptors are an elite defensive team that needs a victory to kind of stop the bleeding and is more than capable of laying the wood to the Bulls. I don't want to take the points and be in a sweat job. The Raptors likely open this game up and cruise to a double-digit victory, as the Bulls don't have enough offensive players to test this Toronto defense. 

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Raptors -8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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