Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 24, 2021

It's a future Toronto star versus a past Toronto star, as Scottie Burns and the Raptors host DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls Monday night.

Chicago
14-8
AT
October 25, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
9-12

Former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan returns to Toronto on Monday night with his new team, the much-improved Chicago Bulls. Chicago opened as a 3.5-point favourite to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 212.

Bulls vs. Raptors NBA Betting Odds

Monday is the first of four meetings between the clubs, with the Bulls back in Toronto on Dec. 16. Last year, Chicago won all three comfortably. One had to be postponed and rescheduled when the Dinos were dealing with a COVID outbreak.

Bulls All-Star Zach LaVine averaged 20.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.7 rebounds in the three. LaVine’s contract is up after this season and he will be a very popular free-agent target if the Bulls can’t get him to re-sign. That largely will depend on whether the team improves this year. So far, so good.

The new front office has been aggressive in making over the club in recent months. It started ahead of last season’s trade deadline when Chicago traded for Orlando All-Star centre Nikola Vucevic. This off-season, the Bulls acquired former Raptors star DeMar DeRozan from San Antonio and Lonzo Ball from New Orleans in sign-and-trade deals.

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

Chicago Bulls

The Bulls are 3-0 but have only played the woeful Pistons and a New Orleans team missing star Zion Williamson. Chicago beat visiting Detroit 97-82 on Saturday. DeMar DeRozan led with 21 points (he still doesn’t shoot three-pointers), while Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and 19 rebounds. Want to know how much the NBA has changed over the years? In that Pistons win, Zach LaVine hit two three-pointers to tie a guy named Michael Jordan (555) for the No. 4 spot in Bulls history. Three-pointers just weren’t utilized back then like they are today. The Bulls remain without guard Coby White, who probably would serve as their Sixth Man. He’s at least a few weeks away off shoulder surgery. It’s the first time the Bulls are 3-0 since the 2016-17 and they haven’t started 4-0 since 1996-97. Chicago doesn’t have a Canadian player on the roster

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors were beaten 103-95 at home in the second of a back-to-back on Saturday by Dallas. Toronto led by as many as 14 early but clearly ran out of gas. OG Anunoby had 23 points and Fred VanVleet 20. Gary Trent was just 3-for-14 for 12 points. Goran Dragic was an afterthought off the bench for a second straight game with two points in 14 minutes. He’s going to get traded at some point this season, bank on it. Nick Nurse had the NBA quote of the year when asked about Chris Boucher after Boucher was scoreless and 0-for-5 from the field in eight minutes. When asked whether Boucher’s play was still too up-and-down, Nurse relied, “I didn’t see any up.”

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