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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.

NBA Picks Tonight | January 7, 2017

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
Tuesday 17 October
Boston Celtics 20:00 Cleveland Cavaliers +153 -182 Odds
Houston Rockets 22:30 Warriors +295 -370 Odds
Wednesday 18 October
Charlotte Hornets 19:00 Detroit Pistons +164 -196 Odds
Brooklyn Nets 19:00 Indiana Pacers +147 -175 Odds
Miami Heat 19:00 Orlando Magic -137 +117 Odds
Philadelphia 76ers 19:00 Washington Wizards +247 -303 Odds
Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 Boston Celtics +227 -278 Odds
Pelicans 20:00 Memphis Grizzlies +114 -135 Odds
Atlanta Hawks 20:30 Dallas Mavericks +188 -227 Odds
Denver Nuggets 21:00 Utah Jazz +114 -135 Odds
Wolves 21:30 San Antonio Spurs +222 -270 Odds
Houston Rockets 22:00 Sacramento Kings -435 +300 Odds
Blazers 22:00 Phoenix Suns -149 +126 Odds
Thursday 19 October
Chicago Bulls 19:30 Toronto Raptors
New York Knicks 20:00 Thunder +580 -833 Odds
L.A. Clippers 22:30 L.A. Lakers -222 +185 Odds
Friday 20 October
Atlanta Hawks 19:00 Charlotte Hornets
Blazers 19:00 Indiana Pacers
Boston Celtics 19:00 Philadelphia 76ers
Detroit Pistons 19:00 Washington Wizards
Cleveland Cavaliers 19:00 Milwaukee Bucks -145 +122 Odds
Orlando Magic 19:30 Brooklyn Nets
Utah Jazz 20:00 Wolves
Sacramento Kings 20:30 Dallas Mavericks
Warriors 21:30 Pelicans -278 +227 Odds
L.A. Lakers 22:00 Phoenix Suns
Saturday 21 October
Philadelphia 76ers 19:30 Toronto Raptors
Orlando Magic 20:00 Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers 20:00 Miami Heat
Detroit Pistons 20:00 New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs 20:00 Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks 20:00 Houston Rockets
Warriors 20:00 Memphis Grizzlies
Blazers 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Sacramento Kings 21:00 Denver Nuggets
Thunder 21:00 Utah Jazz
Phoenix Suns 22:30 L.A. Clippers
Sunday 22 October
Atlanta Hawks 15:30 Brooklyn Nets
Wolves 19:00 Thunder
Pelicans 21:30 L.A. Lakers

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