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#559 Toronto Raptors -6 vs.
#560 Chicago Bulls 216
Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
United Center, Chicago
Written by Scott Reichel

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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 Ways

So 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.

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 Win

So 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.

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The Raptors are the significantly better team in this matchup and I expect the Bulls to struggle defensively to contain all of Toronto's weapons for all 48 minutes. The Raptors look poised to remain at the top of the Eastern Conference while desperately trying to snap their current three-game losing streak. As a result, I can see this game getting ugly. Chicago has no answer for Siakam. Give me the Raptors to win this game and to cover the spread.

Prediction: Toronto Raptors -4.5

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The Raptors have been extremely solid defensively up to this point and I expect them to stifle Chicago's offense in this game. At the same time, Toronto's offense has struggled lately as it has not scored more than 110 points in each of its last two games so I think that this total is too high. The first matchup between these two teams also generated just 192 points so I expect this game to finish in the low-200s. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 215.5

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Chicago is just 4-8 at home and I expect it to come out flat in the first half against an elite foe in the Eastern Conference on Monday. Toronto should be able to take advantage of a tired Chicago team that is playing for the second straight game so I think that the Bulls will struggle matching Toronto's energy as soon as the game starts. Plus, Toronto is also the more talented team so I expect it to get a lot more open looks in the first 24 minutes. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Toronto Raptors
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.