Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls (5:00pm)
This presents the ultimate opportunity to buy low on the Raptors, and it couldn't have arrived at a more opportune moment. Toronto is emerging from a disheartening five-game losing streak and currently holds a 1-2 record against the Bulls this season. Initially, the Bulls were favored by -3.5 points on Monday, but with recent injury updates, the odds have shifted to -6.5. In my assessment, this adjustment by the bookmakers seems excessive, albeit irrelevant, as the public continues to heavily favor the Bulls.
Despite their recent struggles, the Raptors possess more potential than their recent performances indicate, a truth they aim to demonstrate tonight. Their offensive prowess was on full display in their previous game against the Atlanta Hawks, where they tallied an impressive 125 points. What sets the Raptors apart is their collective approach to the game; they rank 2nd in the league for assists per game this season. With RJ Barrett sidelined, expect Scottie Barnes and Jordan Nwora to step up and make significant contributions against the Bulls.
At 22-25 for the season, the Bulls, in my view, shouldn't be favored by more than 3 points. Their vulnerability is evident in their record; when they've conceded over 115 points in a game this season, they've only managed a 4-16 record. Previous encounters between these two teams have been closely contested affairs, characterized by competitive play throughout. According to my analysis, the Bulls are likely to secure a victory by 3 points or less. It worth noting that home teams returning from a 3+ game road trip have historically struggled, going 3-26 ATS (with an average margin of 7.38 points) if they are favored, a trend that aligns with their underdog status this season.
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Pick: Toronto Raptors +6.5 (-110)
🍀Best of luck!