The Chicago Bulls will try to make up for last night's loss when the Toronto Raptors hit town tonight. Here are some game tips for the game.
Last night the Chicago Bulls brutally lost to the Miami Heat. They had multiple chances of winning the game, but Heat newcomer Tyler Herro ended up being too much for them.
The silver lining? Lauri Markkanen continued his aggressive offensive basketball and Kris Dunn continued to cast magic in defense.
The cops don't have much time to think about last night's loss, however. Tonight, the defending champions Toronto Raptors will walk into the United Center to stomp a mediocre Chicago team. Can the cops keep up or do the raptors run away with the game?
Bulls odds against raptors
- Favourite: Raptors (-6)
- Moneyline: +200 bulls / -250 raptors
All odds are courtesy of The Action Network and updated Monday at 1:15 p.m. CT.
I struggle to understand why the Raptors are only six point favorites tonight. Yes, the game is in Chicago. Yes, the Raptors lost three games. Yes, the raptors play back to back the second night. And yes, Fred VanVleet is questionable with a knee injury. Even so, the Raptors are more than six points better than the Bulls. The spread should be closer to eight or nine points – not six.
The Raptors' loss in three games included losses to three really good teams: the Miami Heat, the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Before that, they had an impressive seven-game winning streak. It's not like they're in a crisis where they lost to bad teams. You lost to title contenders. No, their three game loss doesn't mean you should bet on the Bulls, just that the Raptors need today's win even more than usual. I suspect they'll come out with a crazy amount of energy.
It's also important to remember what happened the last time the cops and raptors met at the United Center. Let's take a quick, painful journey into the past.
It was October 26th and it was a rainy day in Chicago. The bulls were preparing for their 2019-20 home opener. The United Center was buzzing. Fans were confident that this would be the season when things turned around for their squad.
This trust did not last long. The Raptors were quick to remind everyone in attendance that they were the defending champions for a reason, and the Bulls were quick to remind everyone that fans need to lower their expectations.
Chicago's top scorer was Wendell Carter Jr. with a whopping 12 points. Zach LaVine was the only other bull in the double digits and got 11 points of his own.
The greatest weakness for Chicago was and is the wing. I can't emphasize this next part enough: OG Anunoby dismantled the Bulls in that first match, and there's no reason he won't dismantle them again. Chicago is without a legitimate little striker, and Anunoby is bigger and stronger than anyone the Bulls could possibly throw at him.
My prediction? The raptors easily cover the spread. My advice? Don't even think about betting on the cops. If you're tempted by the six-point split at home, think about the last time Chicago played Toronto at the United Center (they lost at 24).