Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls - 12/22/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Bulls (19-10) vs Toronto Raptors (14-15)
Game Info: Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
Betting Odds: Chicago Bulls -9.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors invade the United Center to do battle with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been in decent shape as they’ve won five of their past seven games, but because their last game got postponed, they haven’t seen the court since their 119-100 home win over the Warriors on Saturday. Fred VanVleet led the team with 27 points and 12 assists, Scottie Barnes added 21 points with eight rebounds and six assists while Precious Achiuwa chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot 50 percent from the field and 14 of 38 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 63 points in the first half to take a 21-points lead into halftime, before pouring in another 33 points in the third quarter to push the lead out to 30 points.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls have been in great shape as they’ve won six of their past eight games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after blowing past the Rockets in a 133-118 home win on Monday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 26 points and six assists on 11 of 18 shooting, Coby White added 24 points off the bench, Lonzo Ball scored 19 points with eight assists and five steals while Nikola Vucevic chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 53 percent from the field and 16 of 35 from the 3-point line as they dominated right from the start, pouring in 73 points in the first half which allowed them to cruise in the second half.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Bulls are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games and 35-17 ATS in their last 52 games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the over is 17-8 in the last 25 meetings overall and the Raptors are 7-20 ATS in the last 27 meetings overall.
The Raptors are going to be shorthanded in this one as Precious Achiuwa and Scottie Barnes have already entered league health and safety protocols, while the Bulls will be without Zach LaVine and Alex Caruuso. I can see the Raptors surprise everyone and pull off the upset, but with this game being at the United Center, I’m going to stick with the Bulls who are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 home games.