Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls - 10/13/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago Bulls (0-3) vs. Toronto Raptors (1-1)
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4 -- Over/Under: 224.5
TV: TSN, NBC SPORTS CHICAGO
The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday in NBA preseason action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Chicago Bulls could use a preseason victory after a rough 0-3 start. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 108 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 118 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 22 points and three assists while Coby White is averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen is the third double-digit scorer and Otto Porter Jr. is dishing five assists. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 30.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.7 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost six of their last seven preseason games.
The Toronto Raptors look to get a game above a .500 record after splitting two games against the Houston Rockets. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 122.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 123.5 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 20 points and nine rebounds while Norman Powell is averaging 18 points and 2.5 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Fred VanVleet is dishing 7.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 53 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won four of their last five preseason games.
The Bulls are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The over is 6-0 in Bulls last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Raptors are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 15-5 ATS in the last 20 meetings. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Toronto and 14-4 in the last 18 meetings.
The Chicago Bulls have done nothing this preseason to get behind them with confidence, and that defensive effort seems to be getting worse every time they play. The Toronto Raptors held their own against a loaded Rockets team, and they enter this contest with some rest under their belt. You could argue the Bulls have looked the worst of any team this preseason for whatever that's worth. Either way, give me the Raptors at home and the small line.