Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors Game Information
Chicago Bulls (21-28) vs. Toronto Raptors (20-31)
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Amalie Arena
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass, NBC Sports Chicago, TSN
Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: (Open: Bulls -175 / Raptors +146) (Current: Bulls -176 / Raptors +148)
Spread: (Open: Bulls -4) (Current: Bulls -4)
Total: (Open: 221) (Current: 221)
NBA Championship Odds: Bulls +25000 / Raptors +12000
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Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors News and Notes
Chicago lists six players on the injury report: Lauri Markkanen (leg), Zach LaVine (ankle), and Coby White (neck) will be game-time decisions. Garrett Temple (hamstring), Devon Dotson (undisclosed), and Adam Mokoka (undisclosed) have been ruled out.
Toronto lists six players on the injury report: Fred VanVleet (hip), Jalen Harris (hip), Patrick McCaw (knee), Paul Watson Jr. (COVID-19 protocols), Kyle Lowry (foot), and Rodney Hood (hip) have all been ruled out.
- Chicago is on a 4-0 ATS run.
- The total is 6-0 to the under in Chicago’s last six games as a favorite.
- The total is 4-0 to the under in Chicago’s last four games following an outright win.
- The total is 4-0 to the under in Chicago’s last four games as a road favorite.
- Toronto is 1-8 ATS in their last nine games when facing a team below .500.
- Toronto is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.
- Chicago is on a 10-2 ATS run on the road when facing Toronto.
- Chicago is 17-7 ATS in their last 24 meetings.
- The total is 6-2 to the under in the last eight meetings.
Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors Predictions and Picks
The first place to start with this handicap is obviously the injury report. Both teams list six players each, but the difference is that we can already confirm that all the Raptors players have been ruled out for the game. Whereas the Bulls have three key players in Markkanen, LaVine, and White, who will all be game-time decisions.
If you’re a Bulls fan, the good news is that all three key players played in Chicago’s last game, which was a 113-97 road win over Indiana. Hopefully, they’re listed as game-time decisions for precautionary seasons.
Let’s now turn our attention to Toronto, who has been just woeful to start their campaign—even before this injury spell. We shouldn’t forget that they got off to a 2-8 start this season. Now, they’re just 3-14 in their last 17 games with just one ATS cover in their last seven games.
I don’t think their results are due to a lack of effort; instead, it just hasn’t been their year. It was always a tough season for them to relocate from Toronto to Tampa Bay to play their home games due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in crossing the Canadian border.
Now they’ll get set to take on a Bulls team that just maybe playing a bit better following their blockbuster trade to acquire All-Star center Nikola Vucevic from the Orlando Magic.
Here's the deal: The Bulls land Nikola Vucevic and Al Farouq Aminu for Otto Porter, Wendell Carter Jr., and two first-round picks. Huge addition for Chicago, who remains in pursuit of Lonzo Ball. The Magic are moving toward a rebuild now with Aaron Gordon deal on deck.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 25, 2021
One sign of a team playing better is their ability to cover the spread. The Bulls have done that in each of their last four games despite going 2-2 straight up. But in Chicago’s last two games, their improved play now resulted in two outright wins they could add to their ledger.
I like the head-to-head trends that favor the Bulls in this matchup as they’re on a 10-2 ATS run as the visiting team when facing the Raptors and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 meetings.
Frankly, I’m surprised this number wasn’t a bit higher given Toronto’s injuries which tells me the sportsbooks still feel like they’re a team that is still trying to compete. However, they’ll be at a bit of a disadvantage with this being their third game in four nights while Chicago has had a day off in between their last two games.
This is more about the Bulls than the Raptors in this spot, and I like Chicago to continue their success in this matchup by grabbing the win and the cover on Thursday night.
The Pick: Bulls -4