Two quality teams of the Eastern conference — Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls — who have both been in good form this season are set for a huge clash at Air Canada Centre on Sunday. The Raptors lie second in the conference while the Bulls are fourth.
There is nothing much to choose from between the two teams, with the Bulls having won three games on the trot and the Raptors having won two consecutive games. With both teams in good form, one can expect a quality game on Sunday.
The Bulls should be even more confident after a huge win against New York Knicks in their last game with the score reading 108-81. Though a similar scoreline might not be possible, the Bulls will be more than eager to get their fourth successive win, for which they need their big guns, such as Paul Gasol and Jimmy Butler, in rich scoring form.
Both players showed some great form in their last game against the Knicks. The participation of Derrick Rose, one of their other key players, in the game is doubtful, but if he is declared fit to play, the trio can wreak havoc and make life difficult for the Raptors.
The Bulls, who have also played without Joakim Noah in their last five games, have been impressed with Bobby Portis as he averages 11.3 points per game. Coach Fred Hoiberg has assured the player he will get playing time even when Noah returns.
"We're going to continue to find minutes for Bobby," AP quoted Hoiberg as saying. "There is no doubt about it. He's playing too well."
Raptors have been decent at home with an 11-5 win-loss record, but they are wary of the Bulls, who can demolish them in front of their home fans, which they will look to avoid.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are the two standout performers for the Raptors, as they average 22.9 and 20.6 points per game, respectively. If the two get their game going at the Air Canada Centre, the home team could please their fans with another huge victory.
Despite their comfortable victory over Charlotte Hornets, Raptors' coach, Dwane Casey is not happy with his team's offensive performance. He wants his players to shoot better.
"I'd love to shoot 45, 47, 48 (%), but right now we're kind of discombobulated offensively," Casey said. "And we'll get there, but it's going to take a little time, it's a little bumpy right now."
Where to watch live
Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls live NBA game is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET(2 am IST). There is no live TV coverage in India.
BT Sport will broadcast the Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls live NBA match live in the UK while the live stream option is on Watch BT Sport.
Philippines viewers can watch the game live on NBA premium.
International viewers, including those in India, can watch all the NBA live action by live streaming on NBA Online.