Chicago Bulls (21-28) at Toronto Raptors (20-31)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors meet Thursday in NBA action at the Amalie Arena.
The Chicago Bulls need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 112.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 27.2 points and 4.8 assists while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 22.7 points and 11 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen is the third double-digit scorer and Coby White is dishing 4.6 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors need a win after losing 14 of their last 17 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.9 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 20.6 points and 4.6 assists while Fred VanVleet is averaging 19.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Gary Trent Jr. is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game.
The Bulls are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 overall. The over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 Thursday games. The Bulls are 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Toronto and 17-7 ATS in the last 24 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls are far more attractive as underdogs than they are favorites and they're not playing great basketball right now. However, the Raptors have been getting waxed left and right and it's quite clear something is going on behind the scenes. Whether it's the coach or players just not feeling each other anymore, the Raptors feel like a team that's ready for this season to end. I'll lay the bucket with the Bulls if forced to pick this contest.