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Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors - 2/14/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Raptors (40-16) at Chicago Bulls (20-36)
Date & Time Wednesday February 14, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Bulls +6.5 -- Over/Under: 217
TV Channel
Sportsnet One, CSNC
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NBA | Toronto Raptors (40-16) at Chicago Bulls (20-36)
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The Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls meet Wednesday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.6 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 103.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.9 points and four rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.4 points and 6.4 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last six road games.

The Chicago Bulls could use a victory here after losing 11 of their last 17 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 17.3 points and 2.7 assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is dishing 2.3 assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have split their last eight home games.

The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 23-9 ATS in their last 32 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Raptors are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, 3-13 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the underdog is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

The Toronto Raptors are on the end of a back to back and getting out of Canada can be a pain on a quick turnaround. However, the Raptors are playing too well to bet against right now, and they came into Tuesday's game outscoring clubs by 21 points in their last five contests. The Bulls have cooled off both SU and ATS recently, and they're still allowing 47.5 percent shooting from the field at home this season. The Raptors are eager to prove they're a threat in the East this season, and they know to do that, they have to win games they should win and head into the break with no bad losses. I'll eat the chalk here.

Pick:
Toronto Raptors -6.5

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