Sunday, January 3, 2016
Air Canada Centre
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The Chicago Bulls travel to Air Canada Centre to play the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, January 3, 2016. The opening line for this game has Toronto as 3.5 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
The Bulls come into this game with an overall record of 19-12 and a road record of 5-7. They are 2nd in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of 1.9 as they are averaging 101.3 points per game while giving up 99.4 per contest. The Raptors have an overall record of 21-13 and a home record of 11-5. They currently are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 99.9 points per game and surrendering 96.4, good for a point differential of 3.6.
Jimmy Butler comes into this contest averaging 21.1 points per game while playing 37.7 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulls. He pulls down 4.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Pau Gasol averages 16.3 points per game in 31.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.9 assists per contest and 10.6 rebounds per game for Chicago. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
DeMar DeRozan averages 22.9 points per game while playing 36.6 minutes per contest this year for the Raptors. He grabs 4.4 rebounds per game and has 4.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Kyle Lowry averages 20.6 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 35.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.9 rebounds per contest and 6.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 89%.
Chicago averages 101.3 points per contest this season which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 1.9 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 27th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 5th in the league. They average 58.7 rebounds per game and 22.5 assists per game which ranks them 1st and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.5 per game. The Bulls allow 99.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 1st and 5th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 56.5 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 21.5 assists per contest which puts them in 14th place in the league. They force 12.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the league.
Toronto averages 99.9 points per game this year which ranks them 20th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 3.6 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 25th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 53.5 rebounds per game and 18.2 assists per contest which ranks them 6th and 29th respectively. In the turnover department the Raptors rank 5th with 13.8 per game. The Raptors allow 96.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 22nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 49.4 rebounds a game which ranks 3rd and they give up 21.6 assists per contest which puts them in 15th place in the league. The Raptors force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 21st in the NBA.
Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 12-19-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 13-18-0 against the over/under
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors are 18-15-1 against the spread
The Toronto Raptors are 16-17-1 against the over/under
Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/22/15 C Joakim Noah Shoulder expected to miss 2 weeks
09/26/15 G Mike Dunleavy Back out indefinitely
01/02/16 PG Derrick Rose Hamstring "?" Sunday vs. Toronto
Toronto Raptors Injuries
01/02/16 PG Kyle Lowry Ankle probable Sunday vs. Chicago
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto
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