Bulls vs. Raptors Prediction
Two teams heading in opposite directions will clash tonight at the Air Canada Centre when the Raptors host the Bulls at 7:30PM ET.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv currently list the Raptors as 9-point home favorites over the Bulls, down from the opening number of 9.5. As for the total, it opened at 205 before being bet up to 207.
The Bulls hope to get Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler back tonight but it might not matter. After wins over the Rockets and Bucks, they’ve lost back-to-back games in defeats at San Antonio (109-101) and home against the Heat (118-96). They’ve also lost 12 of their last 18 games, with three of those defeats coming against the Jazz, Timberwolves and Magic (not exactly a Murders’ Row of opponents).
On the side you have the Raptors, who have won nine of their last 11 coming into tonight, which includes victories against the Hawks, Heat and Cavs. DeMar DeRozan is coming off a 38-point effort in a 112-104 overtime win over the Heat on Saturday and is now averaging 30.2 points over his last six games for a Toronto offense that has become highly efficient.
The Bulls have failed to cover in six of their last eight road games and are 1-4 against the number in their last five contests versus Eastern Conference foes. Even though they’re a perfect 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games versus the Raptors, that trend should halt tonight.
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