Bulls vs Raptors Odds, Prediction and Betting Trends for Play-In Tournament

Bulls vs Raptors Odds, Prediction and Betting Trends for Play-In Tournament

The Eastern Conference ninth-seeded Toronto Raptors host the No. 10 Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night in the NBA Play-In Tournament with the winner advancing to the final play-in game Friday and the loser’s season over. The Raptors are solid favorites on the NBA odds.


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How to Bet Chicago at Toronto NBA Odds & TV Info

When: Wednesday, 7 PM ET
Where: Scotiabank Arena
Stream: ESPN+
Radio: Tunein.com
NBA Odds: Raptors -5 (total 214.5)


Season Series

Toronto leads 2-1. The last meeting was Feb. 28 in Toronto and the Raptors prevailed 104-98. Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, and Gary Trent Jr. had 19. Toronto had 94 field goal attempts to Chicago’s 71 and outrebounded the Bulls 47-35, including a 19-6 advantage on the offensive glass. Nikola Vucevic led the Bulls with 23 points and Zach LaVine had 17. DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points against his former team. The Bulls shot 37 for 71 overall and went 10 for 25 from 3-point range, but had 20 turnovers that led to 21 points for Toronto.


Why Bet on Chicago?

Chicago finished 10th in the East and competes in the play-in tournament for the first time. This could be the last game in a Bulls uniform for center Nikola Vucevic as he’s up for free agency. He had 51 double-doubles this season, becoming the fourth Bulls player with 50-plus double-doubles in a season (Artis Gilmore, Pau Gasol, Charles Oakley). His total is the second highest of his career (60, 2018-19).

His 24 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds are the most by a Bulls player since 2014-15 (Gasol, 29). He is the 10th player in team history with 20-plus such games. Vucevic was the only player in the NBA this season with at least 900 rebounds and 120 three-pointers.

The Bulls are 9-5 this season when DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine and Vucevic each score 20 or more points in the same game. Since joining forces with the Bulls, the trio has accomplished this feat 25 times, recording an 16-9 mark across these occasions. After the All-Star break, LaVine averaged 27.0 points on 53.2% shooting (39.4% from 3) to help the Bulls secure a spot in the play-in tournament.

The Bulls (.490) were one of the best shooting teams in the NBA this season, finishing tied for third in field goal percentage. Chicago led the NBA with 24 games shooting at least .500 FG% and .800 FT% – which is also a franchise record in games of this sort in a single season. The Bulls (.809) were one of the best free-throw shooting teams this season, hitting 1,446-of-1,788 attempts, which tied for fifth in the NBA in FT%.

From Jan. 1 until the end of the regular season, the Bulls ranked first in defensive rating (110.3) and finished the season ranked fifth overall (111.5).

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Why Bet on Toronto?

This could be the final game in a Raptors uniform for guards Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. as both are set to become free agents this summer. Toronto finished the regular season at 41-41, including 26-26 vs. the East and 15-15 vs. the West. It is just the second time in franchise history that the Raptors finished with a 41-41 record (last: 2007-08 season). Toronto secured a 27-14 record at home which represented the most home wins since the 2018-19 campaign where the team went 32-9.

Since the All-Star break, Toronto led the NBA in the fewest opponent field goal attempts (82.3). Toronto ranked second in fewest opponent points per game (108.6) in that span, while Chicago ranked first (107.9). The Raptors finished 31-6 this year when holding opponents to 110 points or fewer. Toronto also led the league in fewest turnovers per game (11.7) this season and finished with less than 1,000 turnovers (956) for just the second time in franchise history (959; 2007-08) in an 82-game campaign.

Toronto also led the NBA in points off turnovers per game (21.0) and recorded a +967 (1701-to-734) advantage in that category through 82 games. The Raptors hold a +23 (36-to-59) advantage in turnovers in three games against the Bulls this season. Toronto averaged a league-best 9.4 steals per game this year thanks in large part to defensive stalwart O.G. Anunoby who led the league in steals per game (1.91) and total steals (128). He became the first player in franchise history to finish as the NBA’s total steals leader.

The Raptors finished as the only team in the NBA this season to have five players average 15-or-more points (Pascal Siakam – 24.2, VanVleet – 19.3, Trent Jr. – 17.4, Anunoby – 16.8 and Scottie Barnes – 15.3). Toronto became just the second team over the last 48 years to finish the season with five players averaging 15+ points, joining the 2019-20 Raptors finished with a 19-8 record this season when six-or-more players scored in double figures and were 5-0 when seven-or-more players scored double figures.

Anunoby was one of two players in the NBA this season to record 120+ steals and 50+ blocks (joining Anthony Edwards). He is shooting .519 (139-268) from the field, including .424 (56-132) from three-point range post All-Star break. Siakam led the league in minutes per game (37.4) this season and for the second consecutive year. He was one of four players in the NBA to average 20+ points, 7+ rebounds, 5+ assists, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic & Nikola Jokic.

Among teams that reached the postseason, Toronto ranks last in points per play in half-court offense. The Raptors compensate by getting out into transition more often than anyone else.

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Game Trends

  • Bulls are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
  • Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
  • Raptors are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
  • Raptors are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games.
  • Bulls are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

Expert Prediction

Raptors 110, Bulls 105


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