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Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

FinishedTV: NBCS-CH | TSNAmalie Arena Tampa

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Chicago vs. Toronto Recap APR 8TH 2021

Norman Powell had 20 points off the bench and Serge Ibaka added 16 points and eight rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the visiting Chicago Bulls 112-103 Tuesday night.

The victory salvaged the final game of a three-game homestand after the Raptors had lost the first two.

Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry each added 14 points for the Raptors while Pascal Siakam had 13.

OG Anunoby had 10 points for Toronto before he groggily left the court with assistance with 4:10 to play in the game after a collision under the defensive basket.

Wayne Selden scored 20 points for the Bulls. Shaquille Harrison added 15 points and Ryan Arcidiacono scored 13, Antonio Blakeney had 11 and Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez and Brandon Sampson had 10 each.

The Bulls have lost two in a row after winning the previous two games.

The Raptors have won all three games played so far this season against the Bulls.

The Raptors led by as many as 20 points during the third quarter before taking a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Blakeney's 3-pointer cut the Toronto lead to 10 with 10:14 remaining. Two free throws by Anunoby increased the lead to 17 and Ibaka's 11-footer increased it to 19 points with 4:58 to play.

The Raptors led 26-18 after the first quarter with Ibaka's driving layup topping off the scoring.

The Raptors led by 13 when Anunoby made two free throws with 10:41 left in the second quarter.

Lowry's 3-pointer nudged the lead to 14 with 6:25 to play in the half.

The Raptors led 56-41 at halftime after Powell completed the scoring with a 3-point shot.

The Bulls made 12 turnovers leading to 14 Toronto points in the first half. The Raptors made six first-half turnovers leading to four points.

Lowry's 3-pointer gave the Raptors a 20-point lead with 5:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Blakeney's 11-foot jumper had the Bulls within 14 points with 1:30 left in the third.

The Raptors led 85-72 after three quarters.

The Bulls played without Kris Dunn (back strain) and Zach LaVine (right thigh contusion, right patellar tendinitis).

--Field Level Media


Lauri Markkanen, Coby White and Daniel Theis came off the bench to provide double-figure scoring performance Thursday night as the Chicago Bulls used superior depth to thrash the short-handed Toronto Raptors 122-113 in Tampa, Fla.

Starters Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic led seven Bulls in double figures with 22 points apiece as Chicago won its third straight overall and second in a row to open a five-game trip.

With its second win over Toronto, the Bulls clinched the three-game season series despite a career game from the Raptors' Chris Boucher, who almost single-handedly kept the hosts in the game with 38 points and 19 rebounds.

LaVine completed a double-double with a game-high 13 assists for the Bulls, who had opened their trip with a 113-97 win at Indiana.

Markkanen contributed 18 points, White 15 and Theis 14, helping Chicago run up a 47-20 scoring advantage off the bench.

Theis also found time for a team-high 10 rebounds, while Patrick Williams added 11 points and Thaddeus Young 11 points and nine rebounds in starting roles.

Toronto led by as many as nine early in the game before Chicago grabbed the advantage for good late in the period. The Bulls led by six at the end of the first quarter and grew the lead to as large as 20 in the second.

The Raptors made a late push, rallying from 108-86 down with 8:20 to go to within 115-108 on a three-point play by Boucher with still 2:51 to play.

But LaVine hit consecutive shots, including a 3-pointer, to stall the rally and keep the Bulls comfortably ahead.

Boucher's 38 points were eight more than his previous career-high, recorded last month at Boston, and his 19 rebounds were three more than the 16 he snatched in his career-best effort in February at Washington.

Pascal Siakam had 27 points and OG Anunoby 13 for Toronto, which played without injured guards Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.

The loss was the Raptors' second straight after having opened a four-game homestand with wins over Golden State and Washington.

--Field Level Media

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W 30% L 70%
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  • Orlando L 115 - 106
  • @Memphis L 90 - 101
  • @Minnesota L 117 - 121
  • @Atlanta L 108 - 120
  • @Toronto W 122 - 113
  • @Indiana W 113 - 97
  • Brooklyn W 107 - 115
  • @Utah L 106 - 113
  • @Phoenix L 116 - 121
  • @Golden State L 102 - 116
W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • San Antonio W 112 - 117
  • Atlanta L 108 - 103
  • @New York L 96 - 102
  • @Cleveland W 135 - 115
  • Chicago L 122 - 113
  • L.A. Lakers L 110 - 101
  • Washington W 101 - 103
  • Golden State W 77 - 130
  • @Oklahoma City L 103 - 113
  • @Detroit L 104 - 118

Next Games

  • Memphis(02-13-19) W 110 - 122
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  • Charlotte(10-24-18) W 110 - 112
  • Orlando(01-31-21) W 102 - 115
  • Oklahoma City(03-22-19) L 116 - 109
  • Brooklyn(08-19-20) W 99 - 104

Last Meetings

  • Bulls @ Raptors 122-113
  • Raptors @ Bulls 95-118
  • Bulls @ Raptors 0-0
  • Raptors @ Bulls 124-101
  • Bulls @ Raptors 103-112
  • Bulls @ Raptors 89-95
  • Raptors @ Bulls 122-83
  • Raptors @ Bulls 122-98
  • Raptors @ Bulls 124-115
  • Bulls @ Raptors 114-119

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3817.691 21-517-12113.9108.5L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets3718.673 22-715-11118.8114.2L17-0-3
Boston Celtics2926.527 17-1012-16112.4110.4L17-0-3
New York Knicks2927.518 17-1012-17105.6104.3L25-0-5
Toronto Raptors2234.393 12-1510-19112.0111.6L24-0-6
Milwaukee Bucks3420.630 18-816-12119.2112.7L35-0-5
Indiana Pacers2628.481 9-1617-12113.9114.1L15-0-5
Chicago Bulls2232.407 10-1712-15112.2113.6L43-0-7
Cleveland Cavaliers2034.370 11-159-19103.9111.0L23-0-7
Detroit Pistons1639.291 9-167-23107.7111.4L34-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4114.745 25-316-11117.0107.5L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets3520.636 19-1016-10115.1110.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3123.574 16-1215-11114.7114.9L25-0-5
Oklahoma City Thunder2035.364 9-2011-15105.3114.3L81-0-9
Minnesota Timberwolves1442.250 9-195-23110.1118.1L23-0-7
Phoenix Suns3915.722 22-817-7114.8107.7L19-0-1
Los Angeles Clippers3918.684 22-817-10115.0108.2L28-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3421.618 16-1118-10109.8105.6L16-0-4
Golden State Warriors2728.491 17-1010-18112.9113.7L15-0-5
Sacramento Kings2233.400 12-1610-17114.2118.7L82-0-8

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks3025.545 14-1016-15113.3111.2L17-0-3
Miami Heat2827.509 15-1313-14106.2107.5L26-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2727.500 13-1214-15110.2111.3L34-0-6
Washington Wizards2133.389 10-1611-17113.8118.6L15-0-5
Orlando Magic1837.327 10-198-18104.3112.0L63-0-7

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks3024.556 13-1217-12111.4109.7L27-0-3
Memphis Grizzlies2726.509 13-1614-10112.9111.6L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2627.491 12-1714-10110.7112.0L13-0-7
New Orleans Pelicans2530.455 16-149-16114.5114.9L15-0-5
Houston Rockets1441.255 7-207-21108.3114.8L41-0-9

Last Injuries

Toronto Raptors

  • Fred VanVleet

    Hip Flexor
    Out indefinitely | out

    VanVleet is out of the lineup with a strained left hip flexor, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Kyle Lowry

    Out Wed | out

    Lowry will not be in the lineup for Wednesday's match versus the Spurs, as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Kyle Lowry

    Out Tues | out

    Lowry will not be available for Tuesday's showdown with the Hawks as he will receive a day of rest.

  • OG Anunoby

    Out Sun | out

    Anunoby will not be available for Sunday's battle with the Knicks as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Kyle Lowry

    Prob Sun | probable

    Lowry has been out of the lineup with a right foot infection, but he is projected to suit up against the Knicks on Sunday.

  • Pascal Siakam

    Out Sat | out

    Siakam will not dress for Saturday's clash with the Cavaliers as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Jalen Harris

    Out indefinitely | out

    Harris is sidelined with a right hip pointer, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Norman Powell

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Powell is bothered by left big toe inflammation, but he is likely to be active Thursday versus the Jazz.

Chicago Bulls

  • Otto Porter Jr.

    Out indefinitely | out

    Porter Jr. is out of commission with a left foot injury, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

  • Adam Mokoka

    Out indefinitely | out

    Mokoka is dealing with an undisclosed issue and a timeline for his recovery has yet to be established.

  • Devon Dotson

    Out indefinitely | out

    Dotson is sidelined for undisclosed reasons, and it is unclear when he will return to action.

  • Daniel Gafford

    Prob Wed | probable

    Gafford is expected to take on the Kings on Wednesday despite a right shoulder contusion.

  • Garrett Temple

    Prob Wed | probable

    Temple has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain, but he is projected to return Wednesday versus the Magic.

  • Daniel Gafford

    Prob Sat | probable

    Gafford has been sidelined due to a right ankle sprain, but he is expected to return to the court against the Suns on Saturday.

  • Coby White

    Prob Thurs | probable

    White is dealing with a neck injury, but it is anticipated that he will play Thursday versus the Raptors.

  • Zach LaVine

    Prob Thurs | probable

    Lavine is bothered by a left ankle injury, but it is projected that he will be active for Thursday's battle with the Raptors.