The USA Best Bet experts have taken a close look at this one and are highlighting it as a potential Best Bet for NBA Today – Raptors v Bulls – Free Picks and Parlay predictions with expert analysis and betting lines featured.
NBA Money Line Prediction
It has been four years since the Chicago Bulls have been able to beat the Raptors. With Toronto winning the last 12 games in a row between the teams. The Raptors will certainly keep the streak going despite still being injury plagued. As Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet will all be sidelined again.
They have lost their last four as a result, but they are not the only struggling team as the Bulls have also lost four of their last five. The Bulls are a poor home team, or just team really! Having won just seven of their last 20 games in Chicago this season with a -4.5 points differential. The Raptors have not been phenomenal on the road with nine wins in 21. However, we expect they will get a confidence boost tonight playing the Bulls who they have beaten so often and well.
Confidence Booster for Toronto playing Chicago tonight
Matchup-wise Kyle Lowry should be able to dictate the proceedings. He has recorded eight or more assists in five of his last six games which have allowed this Raptors offence to remain potent even without their missing players. Over the last five games, the Raptors have remained in the top ten in points per game, so scoring should not be an issue, especially against the 24th-ranked defence in the league in terms of opponent points per game.
A key for Toronto winning will be slowing down Zach.
A key for Toronto will be slowing down Zach LaVine, which they could be capable of doing. Norman Powell is an active defender, while Terrence Davis and Stanley Johnson are both capable of doing a decent job on him too. The Bulls have also really struggled to get much scoring from the wings. With little contribution from Otto Porter Jr., Patrick Williams or Denzel Valentine unable to score more than five points in their last two games.
With the Raptors struggling because they are missing their key wings, the Bulls’ troubles could be an equalizer tonight. However, our experts are betting the Raptors to continue their dominance over the Bulls.
Totals NBA Game Prediction
The Raptors have been involved in high-scoring games since their injury crisis, with four of their last five surpassing the 230-point mark. The Bulls have reached that mark in three of their last five, with the two games that failed to reach that mark coming against elite defensive teams.
The Raptors are far from that and rank 27th in the league in defensive rating over the last five games. Over that stretch, both teams are in the top half of the league in terms of pace. That fast pace leads to mistakes which their opponents will be able to exploit. As has happened in the last five games. Both teams rank in the bottom ten in opponent points off turnovers. The Bulls have not been great getting back and defending either. With a poor ranking of 22nd in the league in opponent fast-break points and bottom in opponent points in the paint.
That should allow the Raptors to get easy and efficient scores tonight. Both teams should comfortably surpass 110 points, with the total being enough to clear this line.
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