Bulls vs Raptors: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – April 8, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 8, 2021

A game after he put up 32 points in a 113-97 win over the Pacers, Nikola Vucevic leads the Chicago Bulls (21-28) on the road against the Toronto Raptors (20-31) on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The Bulls are favored by 3.5 points in the matchup, which tips at 7:30 PM ET. The over/under is 221.5 in the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of April 8, 2021, 7:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Bulls vs Raptors Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of April 8

Bulls:
Daniel Theis: Day To Day (Not With Team),
Lauri Markkanen: Day To Day (Leg),
Adam Mokoka: Day To Day (Not With Team),
Garrett Temple: Out (Hamstring),
Coby White: Day To Day (Neck),
Devon Dotson: Day To Day (Not With Team)

Raptors:
Patrick McCaw: Out (Knee),
Rodney Hood: Out (Hip),
Fred VanVleet: Out (Hip),
Kyle Lowry: Day To Day (Foot),
Paul Watson: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Jalen Harris: Day To Day (Hip)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Raptors (+3.5)
Total Pick Over (221.5)
Prediction Raptors 114, Bulls 110

The data strongly suggests betting on the Raptors in this one. The model favors them while DraftKings has the Bulls favored and the difference between the two is 7.4 points.

The DraftKings point total for this matchup is just 3.3 points lower than the model projection.

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Bulls Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Zach LaVine 48 27.2 5.0 4.8 0.8 0.4 3.4
Nikola Vucevic 50 24.3 11.7 3.8 0.9 0.7 2.5
Lauri Markkanen 29 16.3 5.8 0.9 0.4 0.4 2.5
Coby White 46 14.8 4.5 4.6 0.5 0.2 2.2
Thaddeus Young 45 12.5 6.4 4.4 1.3 0.6 0.1

Bulls Player Props

  • Zach LaVine’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 27.5, 9.5 less than his season average of 37.0.
  • Vucevic’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 33.5, 6.3 lower than his season average of 39.8.
  • LaVine’s three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 0.9 shots lower than his season average of 3.4.
  • Thaddeus Young’s steals prop over/under for the game is set at 0.5, 0.8 steals less than his season average of 1.3.

Raptors Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Pascal Siakam 42 20.6 7.3 4.6 1.1 0.6 1.2
Fred VanVleet 44 19.8 4.2 6.1 1.7 0.8 3.3
Kyle Lowry 39 17.0 5.4 7.3 1.1 0.2 2.7
Gary Trent Jr. 48 15.1 2.4 1.4 0.9 0.2 2.9
OG Anunoby 33 14.6 5.8 1.9 1.6 0.8 2.2

Raptors Player Props

  • Pascal Siakam’s rebounding prop total for the matchup is posted at 11.5 boards, 4.2 rebounds greater than his season average of 7.3.
  • Kyle Lowry’s PRA prop over/under for the contest is set at 30.5, 0.8 greater than his season average of 29.7.
  • Fred VanVleet’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 4.5, 1.2 shots greater than his season average of 3.3.
  • VanVleet’s steals prop over/under for the contest is set at 2.5, 0.8 steals greater than his season average of 1.7.

Shooting Trends

  • The Bulls make 47.9% of their shots from the field this season, which is 2.2 percentage points higher than the Raptors have allowed to their opponents (45.7%).
  • In games Chicago shoots higher than 45.7% from the field, it is 22-9 against the spread and 17-15 overall.
  • Toronto has a 17-15 record against the spread and a 16-16 record overall when allowing its opponents to knock down more than 47.9% of their shots from the field.
  • The Raptors have shot at a 44.7% clip from the field this season, 2.8 percentage points less than the 47.5% shooting opponents of the Bulls have averaged.
  • This season, Toronto has a 13-4 record against the spread and an 11-6 record overall in games the team collectively shoots above 47.5% from the field.
  • When Chicago’s opponents shoot above 44.7% from the field, it is 12-2 against the spread and 11-3 overall.
  • The Bulls’ 36.9% three-point shooting percentage this season is just 0.6 percentage points lower than opponents of the Raptors have shot from beyond the arc (37.5%).
  • Chicago is 17-8 against the spread and 13-12 overall when it shoots better than 37.5% from distance.
  • Toronto is 17-8 against the spread and 15-10 overall when its opponents shoot higher than 36.9% from deep.
  • The Raptors shoot 36.9% from beyond the arc this season. That’s just 1.8 percentage points higher than the Bulls have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (35.1%).
  • Toronto is 17-10 ATS and 15-12 overall when the team makes more than 35.1% of its three-point attempts.
  • Chicago has a 17-10 ATS record and a 17-11 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 36.9% from three-point range.
  • The Bulls hit 12.4 three-pointers per game this season, 2.6 fewer makes per game than the Raptors allow (15).
  • Toronto is 18-10 against the spread and 16-12 overall when it connects on more three-pointers than its opponents, while Chicago is 8-9 ATS and 4-13 straight up in games when it is out-shot from the three-point line.
  • The Raptors make the third-most three-pointers in the league, while the Bulls allow the second-fewest makes from beyond the arc.

Bulls vs Raptors Stat Rankings

Bulls Rank Bulls AVG Raptors AVG Raptors Rank
14th 112.6 Points Scored 111.9 17th
21st 113.5 Points Allowed 111.5 18th
10th 45.1 Rebounds 41.2 30th
19th 9.6 Off. Rebounds 9.2 21st
19th 12.4 3pt Made 15 3rd
8th 26.4 Assists 24.5 16th
29th 15 Turnovers 12.6 7th

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