The Toronto Raptors (25-10) will travel to United Center to meet the Chicago Bulls (13-24). The Raptors opened as 5-point favorites. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 216 points and it will air on NBC Sports Chicago at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls ATS Odds
In their last game, the Bulls fell to the Portland Trail Blazers, 124-120, while the Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 131-127.
Toronto dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.2 (better than their season average of 12.1) and a free throw rate of 0.297 (above their season average of 0.212). For those same stats, Milwaukee had marks of 11.7 and 0.280, respectively. Chicago, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.3 (above their season average of 20.0). Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic led the way, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, DeMar DeRozan played a key role for Toronto with 52 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
The ineffective offense of Chicago will clash against the top-notch defense of Toronto. The Bulls currently rank 29th in offensive efficiency, while the Raptors are fifth in defensive efficiency. The Raptors figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
Of the Raptors’ 35 games, 18 have finished under the total. Toronto holds records of 25-10 straight up (SU) and 20-15 against the spread (ATS).
In opposition of Toronto, just over half of Bulls games have finished over the total. Although Chicago has a hard time winning games outright (13-24 SU), they have a respectable 21-13-3 record ATS.
In their two contests this year, the Raptors have won both. In their most recent game, the two teams combined to score 233 points, well over the projected point total of 200.5. Toronto won 119-114 but was unable to cover as a 12-point favorite. Toronto was lights out from beyond the arc (13-25; 52.0 percent). Chicago, meanwhile, did a great job of making free throws (23-28; 82.1 percent). In the loss, Bobby Portis recorded a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls ATS Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Raptors, ATS Winner – Raptors, O/U – Over
The Raptors average 22.9 assists per game, which ranks 11th in the NBA. The Bulls rank 27th in assists allowed per game (24.5).
Toronto ranks first in points off turnovers per game (19.5) while Chicago ranks 29th (14.1).
The Raptors rank third in three pointers allowed per game (25.9) while the Bulls rank 22nd (30.0).
Chicago ranks seventh in second chance points allowed per game (11.3) while Toronto ranks 26th (13.5).
Toronto ranks fifth in steals per game (8.8) while Chicago ranks 23rd (7.0).
The Raptors rank second in blocks per game (5.9) while the Bulls rank 29th (3.6).
The Raptors rank seventh in rebounds allowed per game (41.9) while the Bulls rank 26th (45.5).
Toronto ranks sixth in fast break points per game (14.1) while Chicago ranks 17th in fast break points allowed per game (11.2).
Toronto ranks fifth in points in the paint per game (47.7) while Chicago ranks 25th (40.2).
In games where they allow below 100 points, Chicago is 5-5 and Toronto is 11-3.
The Bulls are 11-9 when they reach 100 points, while the Raptors are 24-5.
Toronto is 11-9 ATS on the road, while Chicago is 10-6-2 ATS at home.
Of the Raptors’ 20 road games, they have 11 unders and 9 overs.
Of the Bulls’ 18 home games, they have 11 unders and 7 overs.
The Bulls are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Raptors are 2-3.
In their last five games, Chicago has 4 overs and 1 under, while Toronto has 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Bulls have outscored opponents by an average of 3.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Chicago has lost by an average of 5.5 points.
During their last five games, the Raptors have scored an average of 108.8 points per game (2.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 106.6 points per game (3.1 above their season average).