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Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors Predictions & Betting Odds - NBA Picks

The Chicago Bulls (8-16) play host to the Toronto Raptors (15-7) to the United Center in NBA action on Monday evening.
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Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors
December 09,2019
7.10PM (local time)

Chicago Bulls Form

The Bulls suffered a second straight loss and an eighth defeat in their last 12 games on Sunday night, although they did take the Miami Heat to overtime before eventually going down 110-105.

Lauri Markkanen led the way for the Bulls with 22 points for the Bulls, although he did miss a potentially game-tying corner 3-pointer with about 1.5 seconds of OT remaining. Zach LaVine scored 18 points and Kris Dunn added 16.

The Bulls have struggled to take anything from home-court advantage this season, where they are a very modest 4-8.

Betting Odds - Winner

Toronto Raptors Form

The Raptors went down to a season record third straight loss on Sunday evening in losing 110-104 on the road to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Kyle Lowry scored 26 points, OG Anunoby chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but the usually prolific Pascal Siakam was restricted to just 16 points and seven rebounds.

The defeat means that Toronto dropped three games in a row for the first time since November 2018, although all three came as part of a tough schedule that saw the Raptors go up against Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and the 76ers in consecutive games.

A fourth straight loss at the hands of the Bulls would be a greater cause for concern, particularly as this is a team they have beaten on 10 straight occasions, including 108-84 in their first meeting in Chicago this season.

Another concern from Sunday’s game was that Fred VanVleet suffered a right knee contusion that saw him play for just 12 minutes. He is deemed unlikely to play in Chicago on Monday. One positive from Sunday’s game is that having trailed by 21 points at one stage, Toronto rallied to outscore the Sixers 36-24 in the final quarter.

Looking at the statistical comparisons, Chicago is averaging 106.0 Points per Game (PPG) and allowing 109.2 (PA), while Toronto are averaging 112.5 PPG on the offensive end, while giving up 105.9 PA.

Player Match Up: Zach LaVine v Pascal Siakam

LaVine leads Chicago in scoring with 22.3 Points per Game (PPG). He’s only at 4.2 rebounds per game and is a shade under 43 when shooting from the floor at 42.9%. From the free throw line he’s hitting 80.5%.

Siakam leads the Raptors in scoring with 24.6 PPG, which also ranks him in the top dozen in the NBA. Pascal adds 8.5 rebounds per game and is 46.0 % while shooting from the floor and 81.6% from the line.

The matchup here favours Siakam, which should also be the case on the court between the teams, with the Raptors having the superior roster to that of the Bulls.

Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors Betting Lines & Pick

The best available NBA betting Money Line odds on the Chicago Bulls are set at +175 (2.75) with 888Sport, with the Toronto Raptors odds at -210 (1.47) with bet365.

With both playing on back-to-back days and with Chicago having the greater distance to travel, it all points to a Toronto win. For the tip we’ll take the Raptors on the Point Spread -4.5 at -110 (1.90) with bet365.

NBA Picks: Point Spread – Toronto Raptors -4.5 @ -110 (1.90) with bet365

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