Preview: Toronto At Chicago

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Monday, December 22, 2014
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Matchup Edge
TOR Edge in: CHI
Points Per Game
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The Toronto Raptors look to stay on the winning track when they commence a six-game road trip against the Chicago Bulls in a battle of division leaders. The Raptors have won seven of their last eight - including a 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday - to open up a 10-game lead at the top of the Atlantic Division. Toronto hopes to earn its season-best seventh straight win on Monday and avenge a 100-93 loss to the Bulls on Nov. 13 in the process. 

Chicago won its second straight game without Derrick Rose in the lineup as the star point guard was sidelined with a stomach virus in the 103-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. The Bulls are 6-3 in the month of December and have won five of their last six games to maintain their slim lead atop the Central Division standings over the hard-charging Cleveland Cavaliers. Chicago is 5-5 at home, but has rattled off three wins in a row at the United Center and hope to beat the Raptors for the third straight time. 

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One (Toronto), CSN Chicago

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (22-6): Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams each scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures in the win over the Knicks. Greivis Vasquez matched his season high with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including three 3-pointers in Toronto's final home game of 2014 before embarking on its road swing. "We're looking forward to this challenge," Vasquez admitted to reporters. "We haven't really faced adversity and everything right now is great, but I think we're ready for a couple of premium tests."

ABOUT THE BULLS (17-9): Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 31 points in the win over the Grizzlies and has finished with 30 or more points on four occasions this season. Rookie Nikola Mirotic made all six of his attempts from 3-point range en route to a career-high 27 points versus Memphis and has gone 8-of-10 from beyond the arc in his last two outings. Taj Gibson missed his second consecutive game with an ankle injury, but he is expected to return along with Rose on Monday. 

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Raptors have beaten the Bulls in three straight meetings at the United Center.

2. Toronto has won four of its last five road games. 

3. Chicago PF Pau Gasol is tied for fourth in the NBA with 15 double-doubles.

PREDICTION: Bulls 104, Raptors 100

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 22-6 W6 14-3 8-3 1-0 21-6 5-0 15-4
Chicago 17-9 W2 5-5 12-4 2-0 15-9 2-2 12-4

Last Meeting

Toronto Chicago
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/13/14 CHI 100 TOR 93 93 38 39.3 100 48 48.1

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
TOR K. Lowry 20 42.1 1
CHI P. Gasol 27 63.2 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
TOR K. Lowry 8 1 7
CHI P. Gasol 11 2 9
Assists Player  
TOR K. Lowry 8
CHI J. Butler 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
TOR K. Lowry 625 45.1 146
CHI J. Butler 620 50.1 196
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
TOR J. Valanciunas 269 72 197
CHI P. Gasol 334 70 264
Assists Player  
TOR K. Lowry 246
CHI J. Noah 109

Quickchart Matchup

Toronto  Off vs  Chicago Def
107.8 Points For
98.4 Points Against
46.3 FG%
43.3 FG%
41.4 Reb
42.7 Reb
Chicago Off vs  Toronto Def
102.2 Points For
99.1 Points Against
45.4 FG%
45.7 FG%
42.7 Reb
41.3 Reb

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-3
-110
198
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-4
-110
201
Sportsbook
-110
-4
-110
201
5Dimes.eu
-103
-4
-105
200
GTBets.eu
-110
-4
-110
200
Top Bet
-110
-4
-110
201.5
BetOnline.ag
-107
-4
-110
200.5
BetDSI
-115
-4
-110
200.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
BetDNA.com
-107
-4.5
-107
201
Belmont
-110
-4
-110
201
BookMaker.eu
-115
-4
-110
200.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-4
-110
200.5
Mirage
-110
-4
-110
201
Station
-110
-4
-110
201.5
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Toronto Overall Chicago
22-6 W/L 17-9
17-11-0 ATS 12-14-0
17-11-0 O/U 14-11-1
107.8 Pts For 102.2
99.1 Pts Against 98.4
Toronto A/H Chicago
8-3 W/L 5-5
8-3-0 ATS 3-7-0
9-2-0 O/U 8-2-0
111.3 Pts For 105.3
104.9 Pts Against 102.7