The second Eastern Conference play-in game on Wednesday night will feature the Chicago Bulls against the Toronto Raptors. The game will determine the winner between the 9th and 10th seeds, who will advance to play against the loser of the Hawks vs. Heat game on Friday. Losing this game would mean elimination from the playoffs, making it a crucial match. The Bulls ended the regular season with a 40-42 record, earning the 10th seed, while the Raptors finished at 41-41. The game starts at 7:00 PM EST.
Despite injuries to key players like Lonzo Ball, who may not fully recover from a serious knee injury in time for next season, the Bulls finished the season strongly, winning four of their last six games. Zach LaVine played like an All-Star during the latter part of the season, while the Bulls acquired Patrick Beverly to strengthen their point guard position.
In their three games against the Raptors this season, the Bulls won only once. On average, they scored 104.3 points per game against the Raptors, shooting 49.8% from the field and 36% from beyond the arc. They also averaged 43.3 rebounds per game but had an average of 19 turnovers per game. LaVine averaged 23.5 points per game against Toronto, while DeRozan’s average was only 14 points per game.
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The Raptors had a .500 record at 41-41 and excelled at home with 27 wins out of 41 games. They struggled with the half-court set but had a superb defense, led by O.G. Anunoby, one of the league’s top wing defenders. Anunoby is expected to guard DeRozan. Pascal Siakam only played in one game against the Bulls, scoring 20 points. Meanwhile, Fred VanVleet averaged 20 points per game against the Bulls, and Anunoby averaged 17.3 points per game.
The Bulls plan to make the game a half-court matchup, which is not the Raptors’ strength. Patrick Beverly has already faced VanVleet once before, holding him to just three points. LaVine is the only player on the Bulls’ roster capable of challenging the Toronto defense, having scored 30 points in their only win against Toronto. The Bulls aim to protect the ball better and expect another strong performance from LaVine to secure a win on the road.
Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors Game Information
- Date: 04/12/2023
- Time: 07:00 PM ET
- Location: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON.
- How to Watch Bulls vs Raptors : NBC Sports
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Bulls vs Raptors Betting Lines
Bulls are +190 according to our Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $190. On the other side, Raptors are -230 according to the Vegas NBA Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $43.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Bulls at a 34.48% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Raptors have 69.70% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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