Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors / NBA – Chicago Bulls are welcoming a team of Toronto after the great victory over the Cavs away, despite the fact that Irving, Love and Smith have not played for Cleveland. The Canadian team arrives in the Windy City in a different shape because they have won only two of the last five matches. In addition, Chicago has won the last games against the Raptors. Begins: 08.01.2017. – 02:00 CET
Chicago is entering in this match with half the effect of the 18 victories and defeats, and they are currently in eighth position in the East. They are hosting a second-ranked team of the conference, but the Bulls’ confidence is high, especially when we take into account that they won nine matches in a row against the only Canadian team in NBA. Also, the Bulls have won four of the last six matches and it can be said that they are in good shape, while they have 11 wins and 7 losses at home in the current part of the season. Butler’s excellent form is especially god news, who recently scored 52 points against the Hornets, while he against the Cavs made a key series in the last quarter, which brought a victory to Chicago.
But the number one topic in Chicago is play Region Rodno, who missed the last three games and who could be traded. In fact, his form after departure from Boston, over Dallas and Kings, is in constant decline and it simply is not at the level in which it was when he won the title with Boston. Instead, the recovered young Carter-Williams got a chance, which he uses well, while a new destination for Rondo is the team of Cleveland. It is certain that Carter-Williams has a higher motive, which can only contribute to the progress of the game of the Bulls.
Probable lineups Chicago Bulls: Carter-Williams, Wade, Butler, Gibson, Lopez
Despite a somewhat poorer form lately, the Raptors are still holding the second place in the East, just behind the Cavs and they have 24 victories and 11 defeats. In their previous appearances, they have made 12 wins from 18 games, while against teams from the East, they have 13 wins from 17 matches. They are coming in Chicago after a series of matches against teams from the West. They played a total of seven such games in a row and achieved four wins and three defeats. Tradition against the Bulls is not in their favour, but every series comes to an end, so the Raptors are not without chances in this match. But to get this victory, they must stop the offensive rebound of the host, because the Bulls are the best team in the league in that category, as well as prevent Butler and his series of points.
On the other hand, DeRozan and Lowry need help from their teammates, especially from their reservists, where only Ross gives full contribution (although there are rumours that he might be sent to another team). Nogueira begins the two last duels on the position four instead of Siaka, although he is more a five, but it is obvious that it is a try out combination for him and Valanciunas under the basket (one of the unofficial stories is that the Raptors want to bring great powerful wing Millsap from Hawks). Patterson could not perform in the last three last matches due to injury, which additionally affects the length of the bench in the team of Raptors.
Probable lineups Toronto Raptors: Lowry, DeRozan, Carroll, Siakam (Nogueira), Valanciunas
Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors PICK
These teams throw over 210 points per game together, but we thought that this match will be somewhat slower, primarily because the Bulls are the fifth defensive team in the league and it is certain that they will try to make it work at home.
Pick: under 208
Odds: 1.95 at Betway (down to 1.86 can be played)