The Toronto Raptors have lost five consecutive games and nine of their last ten before they face the Chicago Bulls in the United Center on Tuesday night. Their last match ended in a 126-125 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Bulls, on the other hand, just snapped a two-game losing streak after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers with a score of 104-96. They currently hold a 22-25 record which places them in the ninth position in the Eastern Conference and a Play-In Tournament position.
The Raptors’ bench has shown promise, particularly in their game against the Hawks, outscoring the opposition by 46 points with a 56-10 point differential—the largest for the Raptors since April 10, 2022. They will also be relying heavily on Scottie Barnes, who has been playing exceptionally well against the Bulls, averaging 22 points, nine rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 1.3 steals, while shooting an impressive 58.1% from the field in previous meetings.
The Bulls face some crucial decisions ahead of the February 8 trade deadline, with consideration on whether they’ll be buyers or sellers. Their star player, DeMar DeRozan, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, has shone against the Raptors throughout the season, averaging 25.3 points in their previous meetings.
Both teams have key players with injury concerns heading into the game. Jakob Poeltl, Immanuel Quickley, and RJ Barrett are dealing with injuries for the Raptors, while Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams, and Lonzo Ball are dealing with injuries for the Bulls. This might impact the dynamics of the game.
When looking at betting trends, the under is 6-1 in the Raptors’ last seven games, while the Bulls have won six straight home games against the Raptors. Additionally, some player prop trends favor prospective bets, such as Alex Caruso’s consistency in blocking and Nikola Vučević’s proficiency in recording a double-double.
Overall, the matchup between the Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls promises to be an exciting one, with both teams looking to turn their fortunes around amidst their respective challenges and injuries.