Through 3 Quarters
Only one more quarter stands between the Chicago Bulls and the victory they were favored to collect going into this night. They have emerged as the frontrunner and are ahead of the Toronto Raptors 93-84.
Chicago has been relying on small forward DeMar DeRozan, who has 27 points and five assists along with four rebounds, and shooting guard Zach LaVine, who has 19 points and seven assists in addition to seven boards. Deebo does need to be careful, however, as he is in foul trouble with four.
Toronto has been led by shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., who so far has shot 6-for-8 from beyond the arc and has recorded 30 points. Those points put Trent Jr. near his season high of 32.
the Raptors have lost 85% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this year, so this one seems just about wrapped up
Toronto @ Chicago
Current Records: Toronto 23-22; Chicago 29-17
What to Know
The Toronto Raptors haven’t won a game against the Chicago Bulls since Feb. 2 of 2020, but they’ll be looking to end the drought on Wednesday. Toronto might have tired legs after a contest yesterday as they head on the road against Chicago at 8 p.m. ET Jan. 26 at United Center. Both teams seek to continue their momentum from their previous wins.
The Raptors didn’t have too much trouble with the Charlotte Hornets at home on Tuesday as they won 125-113. Toronto’s success was spearheaded by the efforts of power forward Pascal Siakam, who almost posted a triple-double on 24 points, 12 assists, and nine boards, and shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., who shot 5-for-10 from beyond the arc and finished with 32 points.
Meanwhile, Chicago escaped with a win on Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder by the margin of a single free throw, 111-110. Kudos to the oddsmakers for accurately forecasting both the winner and the close margin. Among those leading the charge for Chicago was center Nikola Vucevic, who dropped a double-double on 26 points and 15 rebounds along with three blocks. That makes it five consecutive games in which Vucevic has had at least ten rebounds.
The wins brought the Raptors up to 23-22 and the Bulls to 29-17. Two offensive stats to keep an eye on: Toronto has only been able to knock down 43.70% percent of their shots, which is the fifth lowest field goal percentage in the league. Chicago’s offense has more to brag about, as they they rank fourth in the league when it comes to field goal percentage, with 47.20% on the season. We’ll see if their 3.50% advantage translates to a win.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: United Center — Chicago, Illinois
- TV: NBC Sports Chicago
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Bulls are a 3.5-point favorite against the Raptors, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Bulls as a 4.5-point favorite.
Toronto have won 12 out of their last 22 games against Chicago.
- Oct 25, 2021 – Chicago 111 vs. Toronto 108
- May 13, 2021 – Chicago 114 vs. Toronto 102
- Apr 08, 2021 – Chicago 122 vs. Toronto 113
- Mar 14, 2021 – Chicago 118 vs. Toronto 95
- Feb 02, 2020 – Toronto 129 vs. Chicago 102
- Dec 09, 2019 – Toronto 93 vs. Chicago 92
- Oct 26, 2019 – Toronto 108 vs. Chicago 84
- Mar 30, 2019 – Toronto 124 vs. Chicago 101
- Mar 26, 2019 – Toronto 112 vs. Chicago 103
- Dec 30, 2018 – Toronto 95 vs. Chicago 89
- Nov 17, 2018 – Toronto 122 vs. Chicago 83
- Feb 14, 2018 – Toronto 122 vs. Chicago 98
- Jan 03, 2018 – Toronto 124 vs. Chicago 115
- Nov 07, 2017 – Toronto 119 vs. Chicago 114
- Oct 19, 2017 – Toronto 117 vs. Chicago 101
- Mar 21, 2017 – Toronto 122 vs. Chicago 120
- Feb 14, 2017 – Chicago 105 vs. Toronto 94
- Jan 07, 2017 – Chicago 123 vs. Toronto 118
- Mar 14, 2016 – Chicago 109 vs. Toronto 107
- Feb 19, 2016 – Chicago 116 vs. Toronto 106
- Jan 03, 2016 – Chicago 115 vs. Toronto 113
- Dec 28, 2015 – Chicago 104 vs. Toronto 97
Injury Report for Chicago
- Derrick Jones Jr.: Out (Finger)
- Lonzo Ball: Out (Knee)
- Alex Caruso: Out (Wrist)
- Patrick Williams: Out (Wrist)
Injury Report for Toronto
- Fred VanVleet: Game-Time Decision (Knee)
- Scottie Barnes: Game-Time Decision (Wrist)
- Khem Birch: Out (Nose)
- David Johnson: Out (Covid-19)