This Monday, there is a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams in the NBA as the Toronto Raptors and the Chicago Bulls will face off at about 8:00 PM. This will be the second meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the United Center.
Raptors Look To Get Back To Winning WaysSo far this season, the Toronto Raptors have looked like a solid team in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have a 15-7 record and are well on their way to making it back into the NBA Playoffs once again as soon as the regular season is over. However, Toronto is also in the midst of a slump . as it has lost each of its last three games by at least ten points. Now, the Raptors have to travel to Chicago where they will look to snap that losing streak on Monday. Luckily, this game is against a team that the Raptors already defeated by 24 points earlier this season.
Leading the Raptors offensively is star forwardPascal Siakam who looked great in his season debut. He is currently averaging a team-high 25.0 points per game along with 8.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists. In addition, he is also shooting 37.6% from the three-point line. Siakam has blossomed into an elite player in this league and he will look for another solid performance in this road game.
OGs don't quit pic.twitter.com/8wAmlJKEq4— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 9, 2019
Toronto's most underrated player is guardFred VanVleet who has been solid this season. He is currently averaging 18.7 points per game along with 7.3 assists per game. In addition, he is also shooting 39.7% from the three-point line. However, VanVleet actually left yesterday's game with a knee injury and he is questionable for this game.
Bulls Look For A Rare Home WinSo far this season, the Chicago Bulls have been pretty underwhelming. The Bulls have lost 16 of their first 24 games which have placed them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. In addition, Chicago enters this game having lost each of its last two games by five points or less. Yesterday, the Bulls fell in overtime to the Heat on the road despite leading with less than two minutes remaining in overtime. Now, the Bulls get to return home where they have struggled this season. The Bulls have a 4-8 record at the United Center this season and they will be looking for another home win on Monday.
Leading the Bulls offensively is guardZach LaVine who looked good so far this season. He is averaging a team-high 22.5 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists. However, he has been terrible defensively despite his elite athleticism. If the Bulls plan on pulling off this home upset, LaVine will most likely need to carry the load offensively.
Chicago's most underrated player is centerWendell Carter Jr.who has been extremely solid this season. He is averaging 12.3 points per game along with a team-high 10.0 rebounds per game. Due to all the youth on the roster, Carter Jr. has been given ample playing time early on in his career and he looks like he has the potential to become a staple in Chicago's frontcourt for many years to come.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Raptors are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Chicago.
- Bulls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.