Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls
|Date & Time||Saturday March 30, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago +11
The Chicago Bulls play host to the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on Saturday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been on a nice run lately as they’ve won seven of their last 11 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after blowing out the Knicks in a 117-92 road win on Thursday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 31 points, five rebounds and five assists, Danny Green added 15 points while Fred VanVleet and Jeremy Lin each scored 12 points. As a team, the Raptors shot 44 percent from the field and 20 of 47 from the 3-point line as they simply cruised in the second half after dominating the first half where they outscored the Knicks by 55-36. Kawhi Leonard sat out this game due to rest purposes. With the easy win, Toronto improved to 53-23 overall and 23-14 on the road which is good for second place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in a real funk as they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after falling to the Trailblazers in a 118-98 home loss on Wednesday. Shaquille Harrison led the team in scoring with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Robin Lopez added 15 points with nine rebounds and four assists while Cristiano Felicio chipped in with 15 points off the bench. As a team, the Bulls shot just 42 percent from the field and a miserably five of 23 from the 3-point line, but you just knew that this was going to be ugly after the Trailblazers held the Bulls to just 14 points in the first quarter. With the tough loss, Chicago fell to 21-55 overall and 9-29 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team below .400, 4-9 ATS in their last 13 against the Eastern Conference and the Raptors are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a win. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a double-digit home loss, 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games playing on two days rest.
Head to head, the over is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings, the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the Raptors are 4-15 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
The Raptors have won the last eight meetings and it’s no surprise that they are heavy favorites here, even as the road team. The Bulls were great for a little stretch after the All-Star break, but with so many players shut down for the rest of the season, I don’t see them winning many of the remaining games. The Raptors are only 4-15 ATS in the last 19 meetings, but the Bulls just don’t have the weapons to compete with anyone at the moment, let alone the Raptors. With that being said, I’m sticking with the Raptors to get the win and cover in this one.