The Chicago Bulls are 6-4 in their last 10 games, pulling to within two games of the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference ahead of Tuesday’s action.
Chicago is favored at home – a spot where it is 7-7 against the spread this season – against a Toronto Raptors team that has won just one game in its last 10 matchups.
To make matters worse, the Raptors are likely down two key rotation players in RJ Barrett (ruled out) and Immanuel Quickley (doubtful). Scottie Barnes will have a lot on his plate for a Toronto team that is just 6-17 on the road this season.
Let’s break down the odds and my best bet for this Eastern Conference showdown:
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Raptors vs. Bulls odds, spread and total
Raptors vs. Bulls how to watch
- Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30
- Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
- Venue: United Center
- How to watch (TV): NBC Sports Chicago, Sportsnet CA
- Raptors record: 16-30
- Bulls record: 22-25
Raptors vs. Bulls injury reports
Raptors injury report
- RJ Barrett – out
- Javon Freeman-Liberty – out
- Markquis Nowell – out
- Kira Lewis Jr. – out
- Jakob Poeltl – questionable
- Immanuel Quickley – doubtful
Bulls injury report
- Lonzo Ball – out
- Torrey Craig – out
- Zach LaVine – out
- Patrick Williams – out
Raptors vs. Bulls key players to watch
Scottie Barnes: With RJ Barrett listed as out and Immanuel Quickley listed as doubtful, Scottie Barnes is going to have to pick up the slack tonight. Barnes has scored 20 or more points in five of his last six games, and he had 24 points, eight assists and four boards in the team’s loss to Atlanta without Barrett and IQ in the lineup.
Coby White: This could be another big game for the Bulls guard, as he’s averaging 22.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 22 games without Zach LaVine, who is out tonight. White shot just 1-for-9 from 3 in his last game, but he’s scored 22 or more points in eight of his last 12 games.
Raptors vs. Bulls prediction and pick
I can’t get behind this Toronto team, especially with Barrett and Quickley likely out and Jakob Poeltl questionable.
The Raptors have dropped five straight games, and they’ve covered the spread just two times in their last eight games. One of those covers came against the NBA’s worst team against the spread (the Atlanta Hawks who are just 11-35 ATS this season).
Meanwhile, Chicago has covered the spread in four of its last five games, including a win on the road over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Bulls are 11th in the NBA in net rating over their last 10 games while the Raptors are just 27th in that category.
I think Chicago rolls at home, even with LaVine out.
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