Derrick Rose will lead his Chicago Bulls into battle today as they face a Toronto Raptor team who beat them the last time they met as 8.5 point dogs.

The Chicago Bulls

Derrick RoseThe Chicago Bulls have a 9-4 spread record in their last 13 games, with the ‘over’ also cashing at 9-4.  Tom Thibodeau’s team plays the second game of a back-to-back spot in Saturday’s home matchup against the Toronto Raptors, who are 1-4 ATS in their last five contests. 

Chicago picked up a second straight win in Friday’s 101-96 victory as an 8 ½-point road favorite against the Detroit Pistons.  The Bulls led by as many as 15 points, while being outrebounded, 37-32. 

Bulls guard Derrick Rose notched team-highs of 27 points and seven assists.  The 22-year-old drained 3-of-6 shots from beyond the arc, while adding four of his squad’s 14 steals. 

Chicago’s Carlos Boozer grabbed a team-high eight boards.  The Bulls’ leading shooter (52.4 percent) hit 9-of-13 from the field en route to 22 points. 

The battle’s combined 197 points leaped over the NBA betting line ‘total’ of 190.  Both squads united to connect 51.7 percent of their field buckets, while finishing even in paint points, 52-52. 

Bulls center Joakim Noah (11 RPG) missed his second straight game due to an ankle injury.  The Florida alum is listed as “questionable” to return Saturday.

Chicago is 23-12-2 in its first 37 home dates, with the ‘under’ going 22-15.  Rose and Co. have allowed a stingy 89.5 PPG in that stretch. 

The Bulls are 11-8-1 ATS in its first 20 games played with no rest, with the ‘over’ going 11-9. 

The Toronto Raptors

Toronto RaptorsThe Toronto Raptors logged a fifth straight loss in Wednesday’s 104-98 defeat as a 4 ½-point home dog.  The Raptors were outscored in the fourth quarter, 28-22, after entering the final period tied, 76-76. 

Raptors center Andrea Bargnani piled in a team-high 22 points, shooting 8-of-14 from the field.  The Italy native is listed as “questionable” for Saturday’s game due to a sore ankle. 

Toronto’s Jose Calerdon logged a team-high eight assists, while finishing with 13 points.  The Raptors’ leader in assists (8.9 APG) and steals (1.2 SPG) left early with a hamstring injury and is “out” for Saturday’s matchup. 

The contest’s combined 202 points soared above the ‘total’ of 190 ½.  Toronto went 15-for-16 at the foul line, while allowing 9-of-19 three-point buckets from Milwaukee to connect.

The Raptors are 15-20-2 ATS in their first 37 road games, with the ‘under’ going 19-18.  Jay Triano’s troops have given up a sizable 107.8 PPG in that span. 

Head to Head

Chicago is 2-1 ATS in its three meetings against Toronto this season, with the ‘over’ cashing at 3-0. 

The Raptors won the most recent duel between the foes, 118-113, in a Feb. 23 clash as 8 ½-point home dogs.  Calderon notched 17 assists for Toronto, who shot 58.1 percent from the field.  Rose finished with team-highs of 32 points and 10 assists for the Bulls, while Noah grabbed 16 rebounds. 

Saturday’s rematch is scheduled for 8 p.m. (ET), with WGN providing the national television coverage. 

Toronto is playing the front end of a back-to-back spot, returning home for Sunday’s duel against the Orlando Magic.  Chicago will be off for two days, remaining at United Center to face the Phoenix Suns as part of Tuesday’s league slate.