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NBA Picks: Raptors at Bulls Point Spread

NBA Picks: Raptors at Bulls Point Spread
The Toronto Raptors (24-11) hit the road again, visiting the Chicago Bulls (18-18) at the United Center. On paper, the Raptors look like a safe bet, but the Bulls will be considered strong historical favorites to win Saturday night.

Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls

After a poor start to the season, the Chicago Bulls appear to have found a solution over the past couple of games, earning wins over the Cleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets. The Raptors enjoyed a brief respite at home after a long Christmas road trip, earning a shaky win over the Utah Jazz, barely covering a modest spread in the process. In a reversal of fortune, the Raptors are walking wounded while the Bulls are the healthiest they’ve been in years.

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The Raptors have had to do without Patrick Patterson in the lineup for the past three games after he suffered a knee injury during a loss to the rebuilding Phoenix Suns. As a game-time decision, Patterson’s inclusion in the lineup would alter the complexion of the matchup. Unfortunately for the Raps, the news coming out of Toronto has been mixed, with rumblings of an ankle problem joining Patrick’s list of ailments.

Rajon Rondo has been unceremoniously benched by coach Hoiberg, representing the only missing body in the Bulls roster. It appears to be a case of addition by subtraction, with the Bulls playing better ball over the past three games.

Raptors at Bulls Prediction

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Over the past few seasons, the Raptors have been the superior squad in the eastern conference, but the Bulls haven’t dropped a game against the Raptors in three years. During this 9-0 run, Chicago has witnessed their power forwards step up to slay Toronto, including fine performances from Bobby Portis, Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson and Dougie McBuckets. Expect one of Chicago’s stretch fours to get hot early, as Hoiberg looks to fully leverage his advantage at power forward. 

Jimmy Butler is a Raptor slayer, and he’s in the midst of his finest year yet, averaging around 25 points a game. Now that Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo are out of his way, Butler doesn’t have to share the ball with less efficient players. Dwayne Wade’s numbers will suffer a bit, but team offense should thrive under Butler’s steady leadership. Unlike Rose and Rondo, Butler brings intense defensive effort every night, further improving the Bulls odds on a nightly basis.

All streaks must come to an end, and you can be sure that Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are fully aware of the fact they haven’t beaten the Bulls in three years. However, Patterson and Jared Sullivan missing puts a lot of pressure on Toronto’s young power forwards, who struggle to defend bigs with range. During Toronto’s recent win against the shorthanded Jazz, most of the squad coasted through the first three quarters before waking up in the fourth, which doesn’t bode well. Any lack of urgency will make it nearly impossible for the Raptors to break the Bulls three year winning streak.

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Saturday night in the NBA features a total of eight games, including a few notable mismatches. The San Antonio Spurs will trounce the Batum-less Charlotte Hornets and Russell Westbrook will look to pad his triple double averages against the constantly rebuilding Denver Nuggets. The Wolves have a solid chance of upsetting the visiting Jazz, especially with Karl-Anthony Towns lining up against Rudy Gobert. This matchup between elite bigs and high flyers like Wiggins and LaVine will be worth the price of admission alone.   

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 24 April
FT Milwaukee Bucks 93 - 118 Toronto Raptors +210 -227 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 101 - 111 Atlanta Hawks +130 -141 Odds
FT Warriors 128 - 103 Blazers -345 +375 Odds
Tuesday 25 April
FT Thunder 99 - 105 Houston Rockets +305 -333 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 103 - 116 San Antonio Spurs +575 -714 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 96 - 92 L.A. Clippers +145 -154 Odds
Wednesday 26 April
FT Atlanta Hawks 99 - 103 Washington Wizards +230 -250 Odds
FT Chicago Bulls 97 - 108 Boston Celtics +325 -357 Odds
Thursday 27 April
FT Toronto Raptors 92 - 89 Milwaukee Bucks +110 -105 Odds
FT San Antonio Spurs 103 - 96 Memphis Grizzlies -233 +190 Odds
Friday 28 April
FT Washington Wizards 115 - 99 Atlanta Hawks +130 -149 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 105 - 83 Chicago Bulls -147 +130 Odds
FT L.A. Clippers 98 - 93 Utah Jazz +210 -227 Odds
Sunday 30 April
Utah Jazz 15:30 L.A. Clippers +144 -167 Odds

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