Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00 EST
Nat’l TV: N/A
Radio: ESPN 1000
Announcers: Neil Funk, Stacey King
Line: Bulls by 14.5
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — PG C.J. Watson (Elbow, OUT), SG Ricard Hamilton (Hamstring, Day-to-Day), C Joakim Noah (Thumb/hand, Day-to-Day)
TORONTO — C Andrea Bargnani (Day-to-Day), SF Linas Kleiza (Day-to-Day)
Key Matchup: Ronnie Brewer vs. Ray Allen
Last Game: Bulls beat Celtics , Raptors lost to Pacers 95-90
Last Meeting: April 2, 2011 – Bulls 113, Raptors 106
Series History (Since 2002-03): Bulls lead series 21-12
Last Minute Preview: Come on, it’s the Raptors. The only way that they will cause problems for the Bulls is if they get off to a slow start.
But that’s actually pretty possible.
They started slow against the Hawks and look how that turned out. Something to note is that the Bulls have gained big leads in their last three games and have subsequently let all those teams back within one. Last night against the Celtics the Bulls amass a 20 point lead that dwindled to one before Derrick Rose decided enough was enough and closed out.
The Raptors have played the Mavericks Pacers very close and even beat the Knicks. The Bulls haven’t lost at home in their four games there this year and would hate to ruin that streak. Chances are if they get it together early, that won’t happen.
Prediction: Bulls 94, Raptors 89