Through 3 Quarters
Only one more quarter stands between the Chicago Bulls and the win they were favored to collect going into this night. Three quarters in and their offense has really been able to impose its will, dominating the Toronto Raptors 93-76.
Shooting guard Zach LaVine (16 points) and point guard Coby White (15 points) have been the top scorers for Chicago. Small forward Stanley Johnson has led the way so far for Toronto, as he has 21 points and four assists in addition to eight rebounds.
the Raptors have lost 89% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this year, so this one seems just about wrapped up
Toronto @ Chicago
Current Records: Toronto 27-42; Chicago 29-40
What to Know
The Toronto Raptors have enjoyed the comforts of home their last three games, but now they must head out on the road. They will take on the Chicago Bulls at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at United Center. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.
The game between the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday was not a total blowout, but with Toronto falling 115-96 at home, it was darn close to turning into one. One thing holding Toronto back was the mediocre play of shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., who did not have his best game: he finished with only nine points on 3-for-16 shooting in his 30 minutes on the court.
Meanwhile, Chicago came up short against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, falling 115-107. Chicago was down 93-74 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. The losing side was boosted by shooting guard Zach LaVine, who shot 6-for-11 from downtown and finished with 41 points.
Toronto is the clear underdog, so they're hoping it's the size of the fight that determines this one. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past two games, so buyers beware.
The losses put the Raptors at 27-42 and the Bulls at 29-40. A pair of numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Toronto comes into the matchup boasting the fourth most steals per game in the league at 8.51. Less enviably, Chicago has allowed their opponents an average of 8.4 steals per game, the fourth most in the league. In other words, they will need to work extra hard to take care of the ball.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: United Center -- Chicago, Illinois
- TV: The Sports Network
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Bulls are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Raptors, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Bulls as a 9.5-point favorite.
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Toronto have won 12 out of their last 20 games against Chicago.
- Apr 08, 2021 - Chicago 122 vs. Toronto 113
- Mar 14, 2021 - Chicago 118 vs. Toronto 95
- Feb 02, 2020 - Toronto 129 vs. Chicago 102
- Dec 09, 2019 - Toronto 93 vs. Chicago 92
- Oct 26, 2019 - Toronto 108 vs. Chicago 84
- Mar 30, 2019 - Toronto 124 vs. Chicago 101
- Mar 26, 2019 - Toronto 112 vs. Chicago 103
- Dec 30, 2018 - Toronto 95 vs. Chicago 89
- Nov 17, 2018 - Toronto 122 vs. Chicago 83
- Feb 14, 2018 - Toronto 122 vs. Chicago 98
- Jan 03, 2018 - Toronto 124 vs. Chicago 115
- Nov 07, 2017 - Toronto 119 vs. Chicago 114
- Oct 19, 2017 - Toronto 117 vs. Chicago 101
- Mar 21, 2017 - Toronto 122 vs. Chicago 120
- Feb 14, 2017 - Chicago 105 vs. Toronto 94
- Jan 07, 2017 - Chicago 123 vs. Toronto 118
- Mar 14, 2016 - Chicago 109 vs. Toronto 107
- Feb 19, 2016 - Chicago 116 vs. Toronto 106
- Jan 03, 2016 - Chicago 115 vs. Toronto 113
- Dec 28, 2015 - Chicago 104 vs. Toronto 97
Injury Report for Chicago
- Tomas Satoransky: Game-Time Decision (Ankle)
- Daniel Theis: Out (Hip)
- Troy Brown Jr.: Out (Ankle)
Injury Report for Toronto
- Aron Baynes: Game-Time Decision (Foot)
- Kyle Lowry: Out (Rest)
- Pascal Siakam: Out (Shoulder)
- Fred VanVleet: Out (Rest)
- OG Anunoby: Out (Calf)
- Paul Watson Jr.: Out (Knee)
- Rodney Hood: Out for the Season (Hand)