Bulls vs. Raptors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 07, 2021

After dropping four games following the trade deadline, Chicago looks back on track with two straight impressive wins.

Chicago
22-33
AT
April 08, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Toronto
23-34
Pointspread -4.5 -115
Moneyline -200
Over / Under o +217

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Betting Action

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Pointspread +4.5 -105
Moneyline +170
Over / Under u +217

81%

Betting Action

19%

The Toronto Raptors look to wrap up a four-game homestand from Tampa, Fla. when they host All-Star Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls on Thursday in a makeup game. The NBA odds will somewhat depend on the status of Fred VanVleet.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

This is the first time these teams have met since the trade deadline. Chicago made arguably the biggest splash at the deadline, sending former lottery pick Wendell Carter Jr. and two first-round picks (2021 and 2023 with some protections) to Orlando for All-Star centre Nikola Vucevic – a few other minor pieces were included. That’s the new Bulls front office signalling a desire to make the playoffs immediately.

It’s possible the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament (10th place) could come down to the Raptors and Bulls, so winning the season series would be important. The teams will meet for a final time on May 13 in Chicago.

The Bulls won the lone meeting this season, 118-95 at home on March 14. Patrick Williams, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 draft, had his best game as a pro with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists. All-Star Zach LaVine was just 4-for-10, finishing with 15 points. Chicago had nine players score in double figures, including Carter Jr., who finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Raptors shot 38.2 per cent overall and Norman Powell, now in Portland, led with 32 points. Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and reserves Patrick McCaw and Malachi Flynn were all out due to COVID protocols. That ended the Dinos’ 12-game winning streak in the series.

Toronto is 6-4 against the spread in the past 10 meetings.

Chicago Bulls

Chicago lost their first four games after acquiring All-Star centre Nik Vucevic from Orlando at the NBA trade deadline. but they’ve since won back-to-back in impressive fashion. The Bulls took advantage of a short-handed Pacers team in Indiana on Tuesday and rolled to a 113-97 victory. Vucevic had his best game with his new team, putting up 32 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Zach LaVine added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Patrick Williams had 10 points and four steals and is one of only two NBA rookies to start every game he’s appeared in this season. The Bulls are now pretty healthy. Chicago has no Canadians on the roster.

Toronto Raptors

One could somewhat see a loss coming for Toronto on Tuesday in the second of a back-to-back and without Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet against the visiting Lakers, who won 110-101. That snapped the Dinos’ two-game winning streak, and as things stand they would miss the play-in tournament. Toronto looked tired from the get-go, trailing by as many as 34 points in the first 20 minutes. Pascal Siakam scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Toronto, after hitting just two shots in the first half. OG Anunoby was ejected in the first quarter after a dust-up with the Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell, but it shouldn’t be anything that results in a suspension. Consider VanVleet questionable for this one, but Lowry is expected out again.

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