Chicago Bulls welcome the Toronto Raptors to the United Center on Saturday night looking to push their winning streak out to three games.
The Bulls currently occupy the final play-off spot in the Eastern Conference with a 50-50 record across their 36 games to date. Jimmy Butler’s 52-point night saw them get the better of Charlotte and then they won at the Q, albeit against a weakened Cleveland side.
Lots of good things are happening in Chicago this season. They are the NBA’s best rebounding side and Butler is having an all-star year averaging 25.2 games. Throw in the experience of three-time NBA winner Dwyane Wade and there is an argument that the Bulls could be doing even better than their projected 41-win season.
A clash with Toronto represents a chance for them to show they are genuine play-off contenders. The Raptors are second on the ladder and have the best chance of challenging Cleveland for the top seed.
Their points-per-game of 110 is the third best in the league, although they are 18th on rebounding which is where the Bulls could make gains. They are priced at 11/10 for the win which is well worth a look, with Toronto 3/4.
For further added value, and given Toronto’s points-per-game average and the scoring arsenal both sides have, over 207.5 points at 91/100 looks a good bet.