Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 4/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (+1)
The Toronto Raptors (20-31) play the Chicago Bulls (21-28) at Amalie Arena on Thursday. Toronto opens this contest as 1-point favorites. The over/under is set at 216.
The Chicago Bulls stepped onto the hardwood against the Indiana Pacers and earned the victory with a final of 113-97 in their last game. Chicago wrapped up the contest with a 46.8% FG percentage (44 of 94) and converted 14 out of their 33 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bulls knocked down 11 of 14 attempts for a percentage of 78.6%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they collected 57 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 28 dimes in the game while creating 14 turnovers and earning 9 steals. In relation to the defense, Chicago let their opponent shoot 43.2% from the field on 38 out of 88 shooting. Indiana doled out 20 dimes and had 15 steals in the game. Furthermore, Indiana snagged 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Indiana ended up shooting 75.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of 16 tries. They made 9 out of their 30 tries from long range.
Nikola Vucevic is a guy who was a major factor in the matchup. He walked away with 32 points on 14 out of 29 shooting. He played for 35:12 mins played and also pulled down 17 boards. Vucevic finished the game at 48.3% from the floor and also dished out 5 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Bulls was Zach LaVine. He pulled down 8 rebounds in his 35:57 min on the basketball court. He finished the contest at 33.3% from the floor for this contest by shooting 6-of-18 (19 points). Overall, LaVine earned 6 assists.
Chicago heads into this one with a win-loss record of 21-28 on the campaign. They turn it over 15.7 times per game and as a team they commit 19.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Chicago is grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game and has tallied 1,295 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 10th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Bulls are shooting 36.9% on 3-point shots (606 of 1,642) and 80.1% from the charity stripe. They average 112.6 pts per contest (14th in basketball) while shooting 47.9% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Bulls are able to force 13.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 fouls. They surrender 35.1% on shots from distance and they are 21st in basketball in points per game allowed (113.5). The Bulls defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.5% (646 of 905) and they surrender 42.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 5th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,173 relinquished for the year.
In their last game, the Toronto Raptors went home defeated by a final of 110-101 when they played the Los Angeles Lakers. The Raptors were able to collect 27 defensive boards and 15 offensive boards totaling 42 for the game. They also turned it over 12 times, while earning 13 steals in this matchup. The Lakers were called for 24 fouls in this matchup which got the Raptors to the free throw line for a total of 30 shots. They were able to make 24 of those for a percentage of 80.0%. When discussing shooting from 3-point land, Toronto converted 5 of their 33 attempts (15.2%). When the game finished, the Raptors ended up shooting 36 for 91 from the floor which gave them a rate of 39.6%. The Raptors allowed the Lakers to make 39 of 79 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.4% for this contest. They went 45.0% from distance by shooting 18 of 40 and finished the game at 14 out of 22 from the free throw line (63.6%). In the matter of rebounding, Toronto permitted Los Angeles to collect 49 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Pascal Siakam pitched in for the Raptors in the matchup. He buried 7 of 21 for this contest giving him a rate of 33.3%, and had 7 rebounds. Siakam earned 27 points in his 40:51 mins on the court and tallied 2 assists for this contest. Another guy that played a role for Toronto was Chris Boucher. He ended up finishing with 1 assist in his 32:32 minutes played, and he put in 7 out of 16 from the floor. Boucher wrapped this one up going 43.8% from the floor while earning 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Toronto has a win-loss mark of 20-31 on the campaign. As an offensive team, the Raptors are shooting 44.6% from the field, which is 25th in the league. Toronto has scored 5,707 pts on the season (111.9 per contest) and they grab 41.3 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 24.5 times per contest (16th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 13.3 times per contest. The Raptors have committed 22.0 fouls per game and they shoot 82.5% from the free throw line. The Raptors are ranked 16th in the league in PPG given up with 111.5. The Toronto defense concedes 37.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (714 of 1,902) and their opponents are knocking down 79.3% of their foul shots. They allow 26.2 assists and 46.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 27th and 23rd in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 16.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the floor (10th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Chicago (+1)
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