Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/25/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Monday, October 25, 2021
Venue:  Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Where to Watch:  TSN

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Bulls -2.5, Raptors +2.5; Over/Under:  212 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Bulls -2.5, Raptors +2.5; Over/Under:  212 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Bulls -2.5, Raptors +2.5; Over/Under:  212 points
 

Season Record

Chicago Bulls:  3-0 (1st place, Central Division)
Toronto Raptors:  1-2 (3rd place, Atlantic)
 
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Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Chicago Bulls:  won at home on Oct. 23 against the Detroit Pistons 97-82.
Toronto Raptors:  lost at home on Oct. 23 against the Dallas Mavericks 103-95.
 
 
 

Chicago Bulls Analysis

The Bulls are coming into this game with a 3-0 record overall to start their season off and they are 1-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have started their season off with 3 straight wins over the New Orleans Pelicans and against the Pistons twice. They beat the Pistons on Saturday night in a game that they pretty much dominated in, leading at the end of every quarter in that one. DeMar DeRozan led the team in points with 21 along with 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic was 2nd on the team in that game with 15 points , 3 assists and 19 rebounds. DeRozan led the team in assists in that game with 6 while Vucevic led the team in rebounds with 19. Overall, there was not a big offensive effort in that game as they won it more with their defense but of the players that did score no one player really stood out, it was a team effort. Their offense is averaging 106.3 PPG in their first 3 games while their defense is allowing 94 PPG against them. The Bulls came into their last opening as a 9 point favorite with that line closing around 8 points while the point total opened at 214.5 points and closed around 213.5. The Bulls covered the spread in that game winning by 15 points while the game stayed under the total with 179 points. 
 
 

Toronto Raptors Analysis

The Raptors are coming into this game with a 1-2 record overall to start their season off and they are 0-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. Their 1 win came in Boston against the Celtics while their 2 losses came at home against the Washington Wizards and the Mavericks in their last game. The Raptors played very well in the first half of that game going into halftime with a 6 point lead but they came out in the second half of that game and got dominated, losing it in the end. OG Anunoby led the team in points in that game with 23 along with 0 assists and 4 rebounds. Fred VanVleet was 2nd on the team with 20 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds while Scottie Barnes was 3rd with 17 points, 2 assists and 8 rebounds. VanVleet led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Precious Achiuwa led the team in rebounds with 12. Their offense is averaging 97.7 PPG in their first 3 games while their defense is allowing 94.7 PPG against them. The Raptors opened as a 3.5 point underdog in their last game with that line closing around 4.5 while the point total opened at 218 and dropped to around 217 by the time that line closed. The Raptors did not cover the spread in that game losing it by 8 points while the game stayed under the total with 198 total points.
 
 

 

Bulls vs Raptors Prediction

The Bulls are coming into this game as a 2.5 point favorite with the total set at 212 with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Bulls have been playing well in their games getting some wins by large margin but they have not really played anybody good. Their shooting was not great in those wins and they mainly relied on their defense to win the game. The Raptors are not really any better than the teams they have faced but the Bulls have still got off to a slow offensive start. The Raptors have not been playing well in their first few games and they have been holding up on defense alright but their offense has been awful and has been killing them in their games. With the way both of these team play defense and the way that their offenses have been in their games, the best bet to place in this game is on the under here. 
 
Bulls Raptors Prediction:  Our NBA Pick for Monday, October 25, 2021 (7:30 pm ET start time) is Bulls 97 Raptors 92.
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NBA Betting Trends

 
Chicago Bulls: 258-229 ATS when the line is +3 to -3. 161-147 ATS as a road favorite. 533-498 ATS in road games. 527-516 ATS after 1 or more consecutive unders.
Toronto Raptors: 165-184 ATS as a home underdog. 127-147 ATS as a home underdog of 6 points or less. 488-522 ATS in home games. 159-171 ATS against Central division opponents. 
 

Key Injuries

 
Chicago Bulls:  M. Simonovic (C) Ques Mon - Thumb injury. C. White (SG) Mid Nov - Shoulder injury.
Toronto Raptors:  Y. Watanabe (SG) Ques Mon - Calf injury. P. Siakam (PF) Early Nov - Shoulder injury.
 

Players to Watch

 
Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads his team in points per game this season and he went off in their first game of the season but has cooled off since then. He was quiet in their last game but he is the player that can spark his team to get their offense going more productively in their games. Look for him to step up here and have a good game again just like he did in their first game of the season.
 
Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in assists per game this season and he has been their most consistent player in all 3 games. He is the one player on this team that has the power to go off and have a big game with his shooting so look for him to step up here and try to make something happen for his team in this one.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"We didn't shoot it great, but I thought defensively we hung in there. When you have a night like we did shooting the basketball, you want to be able to give yourself an opportunity to win. Without question, the defense did that." - Billy Donovan on the way his team played in their last game.
 
 
"Those are the nights right there where we really need our bench to provide some energy. At home, back-to-back, they really need to give us something and they got outplayed pretty badly, I thought." - Nick Nurse on the way his bench players played in their loss to the Mavs.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Chicago Bulls
PG    Lonzo Ball
SG    Zach LaVine
SF    DeMar DeRozan
PF    Patrick Williams
C     Nikola Vucevic
 
Toronto Raptors
PG    Goran Dragic
SG    Fred VanVleet
SF    OG Anunoby
PF    Chris Boucher
C    Precious Achiuwa
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Chicago Bulls
PPG: Z. LaVine (26.7)
APG: L. Ball (5)
Reb/G: N. Vucevic (12.7) 
 
Toronto Raptors
PPG: S. Barnes (18)
APG: F. VanVleet (6)
Reb/G: P. Achiuwa (11.3)
 
Coaches:
Chicago Bulls: Billy Donovan (2nd season)
Toronto Raptors: Nick Nurse (4th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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