Raptors vs. Bulls Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Charlie Grant | Updated Oct 26, 2019

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Zach LaVine had 37 points on 13-of-23 shooting in the win against the Grizzles on Friday. That’s the type of offensive efficiency Chicago backers want to see.

Toronto
53-19
AT
October 26, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
United Center
Chicago
22-43

The NBA champions look to rebound from their first loss of the season when they land in the Windy City to take on Lauri Markkanen and the Bulls. The Raptors are 3.5-point road favourites as they go after their 10th straight win over Chicago.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Both the Raptors and Bulls enter this game with 1-1 records, and both sides are playing for the second time in as many nights. Chicago won 110-102 against the Memphis Grizzles on Friday night as a 2-point road favourite while the Raptors lost 112-106 as 2.5-point away underdogs.

The Bulls lost narrowly at Charlotte in their season opener as 3.5-point favourites. Toronto won its season debut 130-122 in overtime against the New Orleans Pelicans as a 6.5-point chalk.

The Dinos are 9-0 straight up in their last nine games against the Bulls, but just 1-2 against the spread in the last three meetings. The Over is 6-3 in the last nine head-to-head matchups between these two sides, but the Under is 3-1 in the last four.

The early league trend shows scoring isn’t quite as high as oddsmakers were expecting. The Under is cashing at 60 percent win rate so far this season. 

Other NBA betting trends of note early on: 

  • Road teams are 17-8 against the spread through the first 25 games.
  • Home favourites are just 6-12 ATS in 18 games.

Toronto Raptors

Pascal Siakam enjoyed a breakout campaign a year ago, but many wondered if there was another level he could reach after the departure of Kawhi Leonard. We’re only two games into the new season, but the early signs are positive.

The fourth year pro is averaging 33.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 3.5 assists through two games. The Raptors decision to sign Siakam to a long-term extension before the start of the season is looking like a stroke of genius at this point.

Chicago Bulls

There is some optimism around the league that the Bulls could make a push for the playoffs this year. Chicago boasts a solid young core of players whose skills complement each other well. 

The one wrench in the whole plan is Zach LaVine. The combo guard has been asked to work on his shot selection – something that can be a problem when he decides to take a long 2-point attempt early in the shot clock.

LaVine had 37 points on 13-of-23 shooting in the win against the Grizzles on Friday. That’s the type of offensive efficiency Chicago backers want to see out of LaVine moving forward.

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