Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls odds, picks and predictions

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The Toronto Raptors (40-31) travel to the Windy City Monday to play the Chicago Bulls (41-29) at the United Center with the tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Raptors vs. Bulls odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

Toronto is 6-1 straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) in the last 14 days, which includes a 93-88 upset win at the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday as 7.5-point road underdogs.

In the last two weeks, Chicago is 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS and currently rides a 3-game losing skid with the latest a 129-102 blowout loss Friday at the Phoenix Suns.

The Bulls are 2-1 SU and ATS against the Raptors this season but Toronto won the last meeting 127-120 in overtime Feb. 3.

Raptors at Bulls odds, spread and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:13 p.m. ET.

  • Money line (ML): Raptors +135 (bet $100 to win $135) | Bulls -170 (bet $170 to win $100)
  • Against the spread: Raptors +3.5 (-107) | Bulls -3.5 (-115)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 222.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)

Raptors at Bulls key injuries

Raptors

  • SF OG Anunoby (finger) out
  • PG Fred VanVleet (knee) questionable

Bulls

  • PG Lonzo Ball (knee) out

Raptors at Bulls odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Raptors 114, Bulls 110

Money line

SPRINKLE on the RAPTORS (+135)  with the plan of hitting their spread harder since that’s a sharper wager.

Betting Toronto in the second of a back-to-back has been profitable this season. According to CleaningTheGlass.com (CTG), the Raptors have the second-best winning percentage on no rest (10-5 ATS) with a plus-2.7 adjusted net rating (ranked third) and a plus-3.7 ATS margin (ranked third).

Both teams rank in the middle of the pack in terms of net efficiency. But, Toronto has a slightly higher winning rate with an edge in adjusted net rating and a slightly better ATS margin than Chicago, per CTG.

Also, the Raptors are trending in a much better direction than the Bulls despite not having Anunoby since Feb. 25 and VanVleet missing several games post-All-Star break.

In the last two weeks, Toronto has a plus-6.2 adjusted net rating (ranked 10th) and plus-7.1 ATS margin (ranked sixth) while Chicago has a minus-8.5 adjusted net rating (ranked 25th) and a minus-7.7 ATS margin (ranked 29th), per CTG.

Finally, there’s a significant reverse line move heading in Toronto’s direction. The Bulls are getting a vast majority of the action (according to Pregame.com and VegasInsider.com). But the Raptors have gone from a 4.5-point underdog on the opener down to the current number.

Again, the preferred play is Toronto’s spread but I’ll also SPRINKLE on the RAPTORS (+135).

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Author: Lucy Green