At 7:30 ET, the Bulls (-135) will travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors (+112) in an Eastern Conference showdown. The Bulls are currently 9th in the East and 4th in the Central Division with a record of 19-23. The Raptors are 12th in the East and 5th in the Atlantic Division with a record of 16-25. The over/under for this game is currently set at 225 points.

This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena and can be seen on TNT.

CHICAGO BULLS VS TORONTO RAPTORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Toronto Raptors +2

This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena at 7:30 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE TORONTO RAPTORS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-107 in favor of the Raptors.
  • Our projections have RJ Barrett finishing with RJ Barrett points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Raptors finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.4% and knocking down 10 threes.

Will Chicago Win on the Road?

Chicago is 19-23 overall after losing to the Cavaliers by a score of 109-91. In the Eastern Conference, the Bulls are in 9th place and 4th in the Central Division.

On the road, the Bulls are 6-13 for the season, and they are favored by 2 points against the Raptors. Against the spread on the road, they are 7-11.

This season, the Bulls have been the favorite in 18 of their 42 games. As the favorite, they have a straight-up record of 11-7 and are 8-9 against the spread. Their ATS losing streak as the favorite is at two games.

Chicago’s O/U record for the season is 21-20-1, and 31 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s (225). On average, their games have finished with 222.5 points.

In their last game, the Bulls were 4-point underdogs against the Cavaliers. They lost the game by a score of 109-91, and the O/U line was 223. This gave them an ATS loss and resulted in a combined scoring margin of -18 points.

This season, the Bulls’ offense has struggled, ranking 27th in the NBA in scoring at 110.1 points per game. When playing on the road, they are averaging 109.1 points per game.

So far, the Bulls have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 33.3% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 28th in the league at 96.6 possessions per game.

Chicago’s offense has been reliant on two-point shooting, as they are 7th in the NBA in two-point attempts. However, they are just 27th in two-point shooting percentage at 51%.

Currently, the Bulls’ defense holds the 12th rank in the NBA, allowing 112.4 points per game. Opponents are hitting 55.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.5% of their three-point attempts.

Can Toronto Pull Off a Home Win?

So far this season, the Raptors have an O/U record of 23-17-1, and the under has hit in their last two games. Today’s line is set at 225 points.

Toronto’s most recent game was a 121-97 win over the Heat. The combined scoring in that game was well below the O/U line of 225.5, and the Raptors covered the spread as 3-point underdogs.

In the Eastern Conference standings, the Raptors are currently 12th with a record of 16-25. In the Atlantic Division, they are in 5th place.

As the underdog this season, the Raptors have gone 8-18 and are 14-12 against the spread as underdogs. Today, they are getting 2 points on the spread, and their ATS record at home is 10-10.

On average, Toronto’s games have seen a combined scoring total of 231.5 points. The O/U line in their games has averaged 227 points.

In non-conference games, the Raptors are 6-7 compared to 10-18 against the Eastern Conference. Their ATS record on the road is 11-10 compared to 10-10 at home.

At home, the Raptors are averaging 112.7 points per game, which is 24th in the NBA. Overall, Toronto is 16th in scoring at 115.1 points per game. When it comes to pace, the Raptors are 17th at 98.8 possessions per game.

So far this season, Toronto has made 55% of its two-point attempts, which is 12th in the league. In terms of field goal percentage, the Raptors are 10th at 48%. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are 20th at 36%.

Overall, the Raptors are 2nd in the NBA in assists at 29.5 per game. In terms of offensive rebounds, Toronto is 9th at 11.3 per game.

The Raptors’ defense is presently ranked 18th in the league, allowing an average of 116.3 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Raptors defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.8% and 38.4% from three-point territory.