Toronto Raptors -18.5 v Chicago Bulls

Basketball - NBA - 20 Oct 00:30

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This is a really easy one. Toronto Raptors would play at home, it's a season opener & they have shown really good flashes of new playing style in the Preseason. They won 3 of 5 games, including the only home game against full squad Detroit Pistons (play-off caliber team) by 22 points.

Raptors haven't lost any of their key contributors on the offensive end this offseason, but there was some changes in rotation & from my point of view - they are a bit weaker this year. But it all comes to how young players of this team improved this season & it's hard to see from just several games of preseason. Yet, the playing style has changed - they take twice as many 3pt attempts this year in comparison to last year, they dish the ball much better (assists went up as well) & it would be really challenging to opposing teams to defend that.

Chicago Bulls at the other hand marked as the worst team in the league for this year, and it's not even close. They have lost 6 of 9 best offensive contributors of last season, including two best playmakers & got nothing in return during the offseason. In addition to that, Nikola Mirotic (4th best in ppg last season) & Bobby Portis (8th) got in a fight during practice just a day or two ago. The final result - Mirotic with broken bones in his head out for 4-6 weeks, while Portis suspended for at least 8 games.

They didn't have the depth to start with, and now they are losing 2 really important players for extended period of time & it's just shows how bad is the climate in the locker room of this team. Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Cameron Payne would not play for the Bulls as well & Quincy Pondexter is questionable (although should play, I guess).

Bulls have won 3 of 6 Preseason games, but the only thing I noticed is that they lost big - by 47 to Dallas Mavericks, by 13 to quite weak New Orleans Pelicans & in the last game at home by 21 points against the same Toronto Raptors they would face today. And Bulls have made 56% of 3pt shots in that game, that's way above average. Raptors should win this game easily, in my opinion.

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