Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 2/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+6.5)
Amalie Arena is the venue where and the Toronto Raptors (17-17) will take on the Chicago Bulls (15-17) on Sunday. The odds on this contest have Toronto as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 224.5.
The Chicago Bulls faced off with the Phoenix Suns and ended up losing by a score of 106-97 in their last contest. Chicago walked away from the game with a 49.4% field goal percentage (39 out of 79) and made 12 of 31 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Bulls made 7 of their 10 attempts for a rate of 70.0%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they earned 42 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 25 assists in the game in addition to creating 7 turnovers and earning 2 steals. In reference to the defense, Chicago allowed 50.0% from the field on 44 out of 88 shooting. Phoenix distributed 35 dimes and had 11 steals in the game. In addition, Phoenix snagged 30 rebounds (3 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Phoenix finished 80.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 12 of 15 shots. They knocked down 6 of their 22 shots from 3-point range.
Zach LaVine is one player who played a role in the game. He totaled 24 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 33:02 mins played and also collected 1 rebound. LaVine walked away from this one shooting 56.3% from the floor and also earned 4 dimes. Another guy that was a major factor in the game for the Bulls was Coby White. He totaled 5 rebounds in his 31:10 minutes on the court. He finished 43.8% from the floor in the matchup by going 7-of-16 (19 points). When the time ran out, White had 4 assists.
Chicago heads into this one with a mark of 15-17 for the year. They cough up possession 16.2 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 20.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Chicago is collecting 44.3 boards per game and has racked up 837 assists for the season, which ranks 12th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Bulls are shooting 37.9% on 3-point shots (419 of 1,105) and 79.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 114.7 pts per game (8th in the NBA) while going 48.6% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Bulls are able to force 14.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.4 fouls. The Bulls defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 47.2% (448 of 622) and they relinquish 42.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are ranked 9th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 761 relinquished so far this season. They are surrendering 35.3% on shots from downtown and they are 24th in the league in opponents points per game (114.8).
The last time they took the court, the Toronto Raptors walked away with a victory by a final of 122-111 against the Houston Rockets. The Raptors were able to collect 37 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 48 in the game. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 6 steals in this contest. The Rockets were called for 24 personal fouls in the game which took the Raptors to the free throw line for 27 attempts. They were able to make 26 of the free throws for a clip of 96.3%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Toronto buried 16 out of 41 tries (39.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Raptors finished shooting 40 out of 89 from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.9%. The Raptors permitted the Rockets to knock down 39 of their 91 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 42.9% in the game. They shot 34.0% from beyond the perimeter via 16 out of 47 and ended up going 17 out of 20 from the free throw line (85.0%). In reference to cleaning the glass, Toronto permitted Houston to pull down 37 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Norman Powell was important for the Raptors for this contest. He made 10 out of 15 in this game for a rate of 66.7%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Powell totaled 30 points in his 32:48 minutes on the court and accounted for 1 assist in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Toronto was Fred VanVleet. He finished this one with 4 dimes in 38:08 mins on the court, and he knocked down 6 of 23 from the floor. VanVleet ended up shooting 26.1% from the field while also notching 25 points and 4 total rebounds.
Toronto has a record of 17-17 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Raptors are connecting on 45.2% from the floor, which is 23rd in basketball. Toronto has 3,837 pts for the campaign (112.9 per game) and they collect 41.9 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 25.1 times per contest (15th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.7 times per game. The Raptors are responsible for committing 21.9 fouls per game and they connect on 83.2% from the free throw line. The Raptors on the defensive side of the court are 8th in basketball in PPG given up with 110.4. They have allowed 26.4 dimes and 44.9 rebounds every game, which ranks them 27th and 17th in the league. The Toronto defense surrenders 37.2% on shots from 3-point land (475 of 1,277) and their opposition makes 79.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 16.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.2% from the floor (7th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-6.5)
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