Raptors vs. Bulls Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated May 12, 2021

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The Toronto Raptors begin their final road trip of the 2020-21 NBA regular season Thursday night as they visit the Chicago Bulls, who are favoured on the NBA odds.

Toronto
27-45
AT
May 13, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
31-41
Pointspread +10.5 -110
Moneyline +404
Over / Under o +216.5

52%

Betting Action

48%

Pointspread -10.5 -110
Moneyline -503
Over / Under u +216.5

52%

Betting Action

48%

This game is essentially meaningless as neither team will reach the Eastern Conference play-in tournament (Toronto will not and Chicago needs a miracle), so it could be that key players on both sides sit out. The Bulls will end up as massive disappointments as they made a huge deal for All-Star centre Nikola Vucevic at the trade deadline in late March with the expectation that he and fellow All-Star Zach LaVine would carry the team into the post-season, but it didn’t work out for a few reasons. LaVine missing a few weeks in COVID protocols certainly didn’t help. We expect the Bulls to be a playoff team next season, however. Ditto the Raptors.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Chicago looks for the three-game series sweep, winning 118-95 at home on March 14 and 122-113 in Tampa, Fla., on April 8. Vucevic played in just the second game (for Chicago anyway) and had 22 points and seven rebounds. LaVine is averaging 18.5 points and 8.0 assists in the two, and rookie Patrick Williams 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Chris Boucher is averaging 27.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in the two games. He’s the only key Raptors player to have played in both. Fred VanVleet didn’t play in either game. He grew up and starred in high school about 90 miles from Chicago in Rockford, Ill.

The Raptors are still 8-2 in the past 10 meetings, while the teams have split those 10 against the spread.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors lost their fourth in a row Tuesday, 115-96 in Tampa to the Los Angeles Clippers and are in full tank mode to try and improve their odds of winning the NBA Draft lottery. Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Rodney Hood all sat. A few of those guys are legitimately hurt and it’s likely all five sit here again. Toronto used its team-record 35th different starting lineup of the season, going with Gary Trent Jr., Malachi Flynn, Khem Birch, Stanley Johnson and Chris Boucher. It was a surprise Boucher played (he hadn’t since April 21) as he was thought done for the season with an injury, but he had 16 points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes.

Chicago Bulls

Chicago has to win out – visits Brooklyn and hosts Milwaukee after this game — and have the Washington Wizards lose out for the Bulls to clinch the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament. That’s not happening. The Wizards played Wednesday night in Atlanta and close at home vs. Cleveland and Charlotte, so there’s little chance Washington loses all three. The Bulls had a three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in a 115-107 home loss to the Nets. Zach LaVine had 41 points but no other Chicago player had more than 16. The team’s other two primary scorers, Nikola Vucevic and Coby White, were a combined 11-for-35 shooting. The Bulls already have clinched the season series vs. Toronto for the first time since the 2016-17 season. Chicago is 26-21 all-time at home in the series.

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