Monday Against The Spread Play – Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls
09 December 2019
Toronto Raptors 15-7 at Chicago Bulls 8-16
Opening Line: Raptors -5 and 216
Current Line: Raptors -4.5 and 216
Trivia time! How many wins do the Bulls have against teams with winning records this season? If you guessed zero, you’re absolutely correct. The Bulls are low end, but they are fairly consistent as low end and haven’t been a team that pulls the shocking upset out of nowhere. The Raptors already beat the Bulls 24 in the first matchup in Chicago this year as the Bulls were only able to muster 84 points. This is likely to be similar to that as the Raptor defense will be too much in this one. The Raptors are third best in defensive efficiency and the Bulls are third worst in offensive efficiency. Take the Raptors for the cover.
Betting Pick: Raptors -4.5
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With no plays on Sunday, we are reviewing our three plays from Saturday. We went right back to the Mavs and over in their second game with New Orleans this week. This one had a better scoring pace than the first one, but exactly like the first matchup, Dallas was too much and it was a full blowout for the fourth quarter with the ends of both benches emptied. This dinged the pace just enough to have the over not get there. Dallas covered easily but the over fell short. The other play got severely dinged about a half hour before tipoff as Malcolm Brogdon was ruled out for the Pacers at that time. They won by one point while laying 6.5. The end of the game was a comedy of errors. They lead by 6 with 4:40 left, and the next three full minutes was good for just two points for the Knicks and none for the Pacers. They then didn’t shoot a single free throw in the last two minutes despite never surrendering the lead. This one really could have and should have gotten there despite the loss of Brogdon but no dice
1-2 brings us to 29-20 on the season
TJ Calkins – NBA Picks Expert
TJ Calkins was raised in a gambling loving household. He knew how to handicap horse races and follow line movements well before his tenth birthday.