Tuesday night’s NBA matchup features the Chicago Bulls (28-33) and the Toronto Raptors (30-32) at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Both teams will be looking to secure a win in this final regular-season meeting. This blog post will provide a detailed analysis of the injury lists and present our professional NBA picks and predictions for the game.
The injury list for both teams is crucial to consider before placing any bets. Javonte Green of the Bulls is still out due to a knee injury, and Lonzo Ball has been confirmed to miss the entire 2022-23 season due to his knee injury.
For the Raptors, Christian Koloko is day-to-day, while Dalano Banton is doubtful due to a left thumb sprain. In addition, Otto Porter Jr. is out for the season after undergoing surgery on his left foot. These injuries could play a significant role in determining the game’s outcome.
Our prediction for the game is for the Raptors to win a closely contested matchup, with a final score of Bulls 125 and Raptors 127. Both teams are relatively evenly matched, but the Raptors’ home-court advantage should be enough to secure the win.
The moneyline does not provide much value in this matchup. As such, we would recommend avoiding it for this game.
Against The Spread
Our recommended pick against the spread is the Bulls +4.5 (-105). The Bulls have a solid defence that ranks ninth in the league in opponent field goal percentage, while the Raptors’ offence is ranked 27th. Additionally, the Bulls’ offence is ranked 6th in FG percentage, which should keep the Raptors on their toes offensively and defensively. The Bulls are also 12-4 ATS in the last 16 games in Toronto and 23-9 ATS in the previous 32 meetings overall.
We recommend betting on the OVER 220.5 in this matchup. The Bulls have seen the under-prevail in their previous three games and eight of their last nine. However, they have been scoring efficiently, and the Raptors’ defence is ranked 27th in opponent FG percentage, making it likely for the Bulls to put up a solid score. Similarly, the Under has been successful in the Raptors’ previous three games, but both teams will be looking to score big, making the Over likely.