At 7:30 ET, the Bulls (-135) will take on the Raptors (+112) in a conference matchup. The over/under line is set at 225.

Chicago (-2) comes into this game with a 19-23 record, while Toronto is 16-25. The Raptors are 12th in the East, while the Bulls are 9th. TNT will televise the game from Scotiabank Arena.

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 112-108 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.

Do the Bulls Stand a Chance in Toronto?

As the Bulls look to improve their 20-21 ATS record, they are favored by 2 points today. This season, they are 8-9 ATS as the favorite and have gone 11-7 straight-up. On the road, they are 7-11 ATS and have lost their last two games vs. the spread.

Chicago’s O/U record for the season is 21-20-1, with an average of 222.5 points per game. Today’s line of 225 is higher than 31 of their previous games. This year, they have gone 17-13-1 on average compared to O/U lines of 221.7.

In their last game, the Bulls lost to the Cavaliers by a score of 109-91. The O/U line for that game was 223, and Chicago was getting 4 points going into the game. This loss dropped them to 19-23 on the season.

Currently, the Bulls are in 9th place in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the Central Division. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 12-16 and 7-7 in non-conference games.

On the road, the Bulls are 6-13 this season, and their ATS record on the road is 7-11. The team’s average scoring margin on the road is -6.9 points per game.

When it comes to scoring, the Bulls have struggled this season, ranking 27th in the NBA at 110.1 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 109.1 points per game. So far, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 33.3% of their games.

In terms of pace, the Bulls are 28th in the league, averaging 96.6 possessions per game. When it comes to field goal percentage, they are 25th at 45%. From beyond the arc, the Bulls are 18th in three-point shooting at 36%.

So far this season, the Bulls have been one of the worst teams in the league at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 28th in free-throw attempts. In terms of assists, they are 29th in the NBA.

Coming into today’s game, the Bulls’ defense is giving up an average of 112.4 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Bulls defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.1% and 36.5% from three-point territory.

Will the Raptors Come Through as Home 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.

Toronto has gone 10-10 at home this season and has an average scoring differential of +1.1 points per game. The team’s ATS record at home is 10-10.

This season, the Raptors have been the underdog in 26 of their 41 games. As the underdog, they have a record of 8-18 straight-up and 14-12 against the spread. As the underdog, their ATS scoring differential is -3.6 points per game.

The Raptors’ O/U record for the season is 23-17-1. In their last two games, the games have gone under the posted over/under lines. On average, their games have finished with 231.5 points.

Toronto’s most recent game was a 121-97 win over the Heat. They covered the spread as 3-point underdogs and the O/U line for the game was 225.5.

At home, the Raptors have been averaging 112.7 points per game, which is 24th in the NBA. Overall, they are 16th in scoring at 115.1 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, Toronto is 20th in the league at 36%. So far, they have made 11.9 threes per game, which is 23rd in the NBA.

As a team, the Raptors are 2nd in assists at 29.5 per game. In terms of pace, they are 17th at 98.8 possessions per game.

On defense, the Raptors come into the game ranked 18th in the league in points allowed at 116.3 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 115.7 points per contest (11th). Inside the arc, the Raptors defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.8% and 38.4% from three-point territory.