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Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors Over Under Total Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Wednesday February 19, 2014, TSN2

Location: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Raptors host the Chicago Bulls in an Eastern Conference match up.

In their last games: The Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 92-76 and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 103-93.

In the Bulls easy win over the Nets they played solid on both ends of the floor shooting 50% from field and holding Brooklyn to 38.8% shooting.

The Raptors did not play great defense in their win over Washington, but they had 4 of 5 players score in double figures and they shot a scorching FG of 56.8%.

The Raptors have won 2 of 3 games facing Chicago this season and the last time they faced them Toronto won 85-79 on the road.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

In the last 4 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Under every time.

The Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against the Bulls.

This game features a couple of solid defensive teams, as the Bulls rank 2nd in the league in opponents points allowed and the Raptors rank 4th.

Heading into the All Star break the Bulls had won 3 straight and the Raptors have won 3 straight after last night’s win over the Wizards. Toronto is on a 7-3 SU run while Chicago is 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Toronto – 2.5
Total Line: 183
Money Line: Bulls +120 / Raptors -140

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Chicago Bulls: 27-25 SU 25-27 ATS
Toronto Raptors: 29-24 SU 32-20-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• CHI is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• CHI is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games.
• CHI has an Under record of 8-2 in their last 10 games.
• TOR is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 home games.
• TOR is 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
• TOR has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Chicago Bulls: 88.59
Toronto Raptors: 92.89

Key Player Injuries

[G] 11/23/2013 – Derrick Rose out for season ( Knee )

[F] 02/18/2014 – Amir Johnson probable Tuesday vs. Washington ( Ankle )
[F] 01/22/2014 – Landry Fields expected to miss 3-4 weeks ( Wrist )

Over/Under Total Pick:

The Raptors did play last night and shot the lights out hitting 56.8% from the field to record their 5th straight 100 + point game and their 10th in the last 12. Obviously Toronto is not going to shoot in the 50’s each game and we believe a lot of the offensive output was based on their recent competition and scheduling advantages. Tonight they will be playing in a back to back spot facing the 2nd ranked scoring defense. That certainly doesn’t lead us to believe that the Raptors will be lighting it up. We also don’t think that the Bulls will be shooting out the lights. The Raptors can play a bit of defense themselves with the 4th best scoring defense in the NBA and while their numbers haven’t been as impressive of late on a whole, they did keep their last two opponents well under their season averages. It also doesn’t hurt that they catch a Chicago team playing their first back after the break. The last 4 in this series have stayed under the number and we believe the trend will continue tonight. Take the UNDER 183.
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