The Toronto Raptors (16-30) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (22-25) on Tuesday, January 30th. This game will be played at United Center in Chicago and televised on NBCS. The Bulls are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Trail Blazers. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Raptors vs Bulls
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Raptors’ most recent matchup against the Hawks saw Scottie Barnes lead the Raptors with 24 points while shooting 8/14 from the field. While Jordan Nwora was 2nd on the team with 24 points, Toronto fell short in the game with a final score of 126-125.
With a record of 16-30, the Raptors are hoping to beat the Bulls and improve their standing in the Eastern Conference. In the Atlantic division, they’re in 5th place and 12th overall in the conference.
Toronto arrives with an ATS record of 22-24 for the season up to this point. Toronto has failed to cover the spread in three straight home games and are 10-13 ATS at home compared to 12-11 on the road.
The Bulls Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Bulls took down the Trail Blazers by a score of 104-96. The start of the second half saw the Bulls in the lead, at 53-42.
As they prepare to face the Raptors, the Bulls are 22-25 overall this season. In Eastern Conference play, they are 13-16 while going 9-9 in non-conference games.
Chicago arrives with an ATS record of 24-22 for the season up to this point. The Bulls are currently on a three game ATS win streak when they are the favorite, and they hold a 13-13 record against the spread as underdogs.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Toronto has recorded an average of 114.4 points per game (18th) throughout 46 games games.
Heading into their matchup with the Bulls, the Raptors are 18th in the NBA in scoring at 114.4 points per game. However, they have been better on the road, averaging 117 points per game compared to 111.8 at home.
In terms of pace, Toronto is 14th in the league at 98.8 possessions per game. They have been an efficient shooting team overall, ranking 10th in field goal percentage at 47%. However, they are just 24th in three-point shooting at 35%.
When it comes to assists, the Raptors are 2nd in the NBA at 29.5 per game. In terms of free-throw shooting, they are 21st in makes at 16.8 per game and 16th in attempts at 22.7 per game.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
In 47 games games, Chicago has an average of 110.9 points per game (26th).
At home, the Bulls are averaging 111.5 points per game this season (27th). Overall, they are 26th in the NBA in scoring at 110.9 points per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, Chicago is 23rd in the league at 46%. In terms of pace, they are 27th in the NBA.
So far this season, the Bulls have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 36.2% of their games. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 22nd in the league at 35%. In terms of free throws, Chicago is 25th in made free throws per game (16.3) and 28th in free throw attempts.
When it comes to two-point shooting, the Bulls are 26th in the league at 52%. In terms of assists, they are 28th in the NBA. Coming into this game, Chicago is 9th in offensive rebounds.
Raptors Team Defense
On average, the Toronto defense is giving up 116.8 points per game (18th). Right now, they are on a 3 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Opponents are hitting 55.4% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.5% of their three-point attempts.
Bulls Team Defense
At this time, the Bulls’ defense is positioned 9th in the NBA, permitting 112.3 points per game. Most recently, the Bulls’ defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 96 points to the Trail Blazers.
Key Players For The Raptors And Bulls
In today’s game, our projections have Scottie Barnes leading the Raptors with 18 points on 7/15 shooting from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 20.3 points per game, in addition to 8.3 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate DeMar DeRozan to be the top scorer for the Bulls. Our projection has him finishing the game with 21, and he is expected to secure 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 46.8%, and his scoring average is 22.1 points per game.
Raptors vs Bulls Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Toronto has an ATS record of 6-4 while averaging 121 per game. The team went 2-8 overall in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, Chicago has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 116 points per game.
- Going back to their previous five games as the underdog, Toronto has an ATS mark of 2-3 while going 1-4 straight up.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Bulls have an ATS record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 4-1.
Coming in as the underdogs at +6.5, we have the Raptors as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 225.5 and our model has the Raptors and Bulls finishing with a combined 219 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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