Will Raptors make final push towards the Bucks in the Eastern Conference?


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The Chicago Bulls head to Toronto with a 21-53 record and just 12-25 on the road. The Raptors are three games behind the Bucks in the Eastern Conference with a record of 51-22 and 29-8 at home. At just 5-5 over the last ten game, the Raptors look for some momentum heading into the playoffs.

Toronto enters 8th in the league in scoring and 10th in rebounding and three-point field goal percentage. However, they are just average in terms of taking care of the ball and rebounding. Despite their record, the Bulls have been playing better since the return of Otto Porter. They are 12th in 3pt field goal percentage, but rank 20th or worse in scoring, rebounding and turnovers.

Chicago is lead offensively by Zach LaVine, hitting 37 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 23.7 points per game. Otto Porter has been a huge threat from long range, connecting on 49 percent, while averaging 17.5 points per game. Lauri Markkanen is second on the team in scoring at 18.9 per game, while Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and Khris Dunn all provide ten or more points per game. The balanced attack will make up for the loss of Wendell Carter, who is out with an injury.

Kawhi Leonard is one of the top players in the NBA and leads the Raptors in scoring at 27.2 points per game. Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka provide excellent complimentary pieces to the attack, averaging a combined 31 points and 15 rebounds per game. Veteran Kyle Lowry has been an excellent floor general, averaging nine assists, while Fred VanVleet and Danny Green could hurt Chicago's perimeter defense, knocking down 40 percent from beyond the arc.

There is little to indicate that the Bulls can pull off the upset. They are little to play for, while the Raptors are looking to fine tune for the playoffs. Toronto will pull away in the second half and win by double digits.

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