Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 3/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+3.5)
The Toronto Raptors (17-20) go to United Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Chicago Bulls (16-20). The odds on this contest have Chicago as 3.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 232.5.
The Toronto Raptors faced off with the Atlanta Hawks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 121-120 in their last game. Toronto ended having earned a 43.8% FG percentage (42 out of 96) and made 17 out of their 37 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Raptors converted 19 of 23 tries for a percentage of 82.6%. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned a total of 50 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 assists for the contest while creating 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Pertaining to defending, Toronto allowed their opponent to shoot 43.3% from the field on 39 out of 90 shooting. Atlanta doled out 20 dimes and had 8 steals for this contest. Moreover, Atlanta grabbed 53 boards (12 offensive, 41 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. Atlanta finished the contest at 80.0% when shooting free throws by burying 28 of their 35 shots. They made 15 of their 42 attempts from distance.
Norman Powell is someone who was a factor in the matchup. He accumulated 33 points on 11 of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 38:55 minutes played and also snagged 3 rebounds. Powell finished the contest at 55.0% from the field and also recorded 4 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the game for the Raptors was Kyle Lowry. He collected 6 rebounds in his 38:43 minutes on the court. He shot 29.4% from the field in the game by connecting on 5-of-17 (17 points). Overall, Lowry totaled 12 assists.
Toronto will play this contest with a record of 17-20 on the year. They are giving up possession 13.7 times per game and as a unit they are committing 22.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Toronto is pulling in 41.5 boards per contest and has racked up 930 dimes for the season, which is 14th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Raptors are connecting on 38.5% on shots from 3-point land (574 of 1,490) and 83.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 113.2 points per outing (13th in the league) while going 45.2% from the field. On the defensive end, the Raptors are forcing their opponents into 16.2 turnovers every game and they draw 20.3 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 28th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 981 surrendered on the campaign. The Raptors defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.7% (600 of 752) and they surrender 45.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They surrender 37.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 14th in the NBA in points per game allowed (111.8).
For their last game, the Chicago Bulls went home defeated by a final of 101-90 when they faced the Miami Heat. The Bulls earned 38 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 49 in the matchup. They coughed it up 16 times, while earning 5 steals for the game. The Heat earned 13 fouls in the game which took the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 7 attempts. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throws for a rate of 100.0%. In relation to three-point shots, Chicago converted 15 of 38 tries (39.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bulls finished the game shooting 34 out of 91 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.4%. The Bulls permitted the Heat to convert 37 out of 80 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 46.3% for the game. They finished 34.3% from 3-point land by going 12 of 35 and finished the game at 15 of 20 from the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Chicago permitted Miami to pull down 41 in total (1 on the offensive side).
Zach LaVine was important for the Bulls in this game. He made 10 out of 16 in this game giving him a rate of 62.5%, and had 6 rebounds. LaVine totaled 30 points in his 37:36 mins on the court and totaled 6 assists in this contest. Someone else that played a role for Chicago was Lauri Markkanen. He ended up walking away with 2 assists in his 33:03 mins played, and he put in 8 of 18 from the floor. Markkanen wrapped this one up going 44.4% from the field as well as earning 20 points and 6 boards.
Chicago has a mark of 16-20 on the campaign. Chicago has accounted for 4,105 pts on the campaign (114.0 per game) and they grab 44.2 rebounds per game. The Bulls are committing 20.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 80.3% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bulls are shooting 48.2% from the field, which is 7th in the league. They are getting an assist 26.1 times per game (8th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 16.1 times per contest. The Bulls defensively are ranked 24th in basketball in points allowed per game with 115.1. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the field (25th in the league). The Chicago defense surrenders 35.0% on 3-point shots (413 of 1,179) and opponents are making 77.3% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 24.0 assists and 42.7 boards per game, which is ranked 11th and 8th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Chicago (-3.5) and under 232.5 points
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