Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks, Predictions and Las Vegas Odds

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Chicago at Toronto
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, Sportsnet One (Toronto)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
501- Chicago Bulls +13 -110 +750 Ov 208½ -110
502- Toronto Raptors -13 -110 -1050 Un 208½ -110
 

The Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Air Canada Centre.

ABOUT THE BULLS (2016-17: 41-41): Chicago does not have a player 30 or older on the roster and will have to wait to give LaVine his team debut with the former NBA dunk champion recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL. “I’m feeling great,” LaVine told the team’s website. “I’m working every day getting closer and closer. I’m at eight months right now (following ACL surgery). As soon as they clear me to start practicing it’s all from there. I’m pretty much back to where I need to be at. I need to keep it going.” The Bulls could also be without power forward Nikola Mirotic for an extended period after he was hospitalized on Tuesday following a practice altercation with teammate Bobby Portis that left him with a broken jaw.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (2016-17: 51-31): Lowry agreed to a three-year, $100 million extension with Toronto over the summer, ending any speculation that the team would break up the Lowry-DeRozan dynamic. Instead, the Raptors went out and added another perimeter threat in swingman C.J. Miles and got set for a full year of power forward Serge Ibaka while installing an offense that encourages more 3-point attempts and more passing. “We were kind of at our best when we played that way, being able to get stops and just go play off one another,” DeRozan, who averaged 27.3 points last season, told the Toronto Star. “We excelled at a high level once we did that. Kinda just doing that more and make it an unconscious thing.”

Oddsmakers opened the Raptors as -11-point favorites versus the Bulls, while the game’s total opened at 206.5.

The Toronto Raptors kept their core intact over the summer and plan to make another run at an Eastern Conference crown behind DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. The Chicago Bulls, who visit the Raptors in the season opener on Thursday, have an entirely new look after waving goodbye to veterans Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade.

Toronto lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and made an effort to make the offense more free-flowing and less predictable during the preseason. “It’s a fun way to play,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey told the Toronto Star. “That’s the way the game is going, it’s harder to scout. The game is so sophisticated now that teams scout you so well they know exactly what you’re going to do before you even get the rest of the sentence out of your mouth as a coach. They’re prepared because of video, internet, whatever it is.” The Bulls committed fully to a youth movement over the summer and are predicted by some to be the worst team in the East. Chicago got a pair of promising young backcourt talents back in the Butler trade, bringing in Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, and plan to play at a quicker pace as well.

The Raptors were a 109-102 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Cavaliers. They earned a push of the +7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (211) made winners of OVER bettors.

In their last action, Chicago was a 105-83 loser at home against the Celtics. They failed to cover the +3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (188) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

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Next up:
Chicago home to San Antonio Saturday, October 21
Toronto home to Philadelphia Saturday, October 21

NBA Sports Betting Tips

1. The Raptors signed SG Norman Powell to a four-year, $42 million extension earlier this month.

2. Dunn (finger) will miss at least the first week of the season.

3. Toronto beat the Bulls 125-104 in the preseason finale but dropped two of three meetings in 2016-17, with both losses coming at Chicago.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Toronto Raptors will cover the spread at -13 and the game will go over 208½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Raptors 120, Bulls 99 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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