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|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Chicago Bulls|
|Nick Nurse||Head Coach||Billy Donovan|
|14-15 (10th in East)||Standing||19-10 (2nd in East)|
|110.6 (9th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.2 (7th of 30)|
|109.4 (16th of 30)||Def Rtg||108.1 (10th of 30)|
|95.8 (27th of 30)||Pace||98.3 (16th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|F. Vanvleet (20.1)||PPG||D. DeRozan (26.8)|
|S. Barnes (8.3)||RPG||N. Vucevic (10.4)|
|F. Vanvleet (6.7)||APG||L. Ball (5.0)|
|G. Trent Jr. (2.2)||SPG||A. Caruso (2.0)|
|S. Barnes (1.0)||BPG||L. Ball, N. Vucevic (1.0)|
|K. Birch (.500)/P. Siakam (7.4)||FG%/FGM||D. Jones Jr., T. Bradley (.574)/D. DeRozan (9.6)|
|F. Vanvleet (.397)/F. Vanvleet (3.4)||3P%/3PM||L. Ball (.419)/L. Ball (3.1)|
|Goran Dragic||Toronto Raptors||30 Nov 2021||Out (Personal)||Dragic is dealing with a personal matter and there is no timetable for his return to the team.|
|David Johnson||Toronto Raptors||21 Dec 2021||Out (Calf)||The Raptors have listed Johnson as OUT for their Wednesday (Dec 22) game.|
|Khem Birch||Toronto Raptors||21 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Knee)||The Raptors have listed Birch as QUESTIONABLE for their Wednesday (Dec 22) game.|
|Justin Champagnie||Toronto Raptors||21 Dec 2021||Out (Illness)||Champagnie is listed as OUT for Toronto’s Wednesday (Dec 22) game.|
|Patrick Williams||Chicago Bulls||29 Oct 2021||Out (Left Wrist)||Williams is expected to miss the rest of the season with a dislocated left wrist.|
|Derrick Jones Jr.||Chicago Bulls||21 Dec 2021||Out (Hamstring)||The Bulls have listed Jones Jr. as OUT for Wednesday’s game against the Bulls.|
|Alex Caruso||Chicago Bulls||21 Dec 2021||Out (Foot)||The Bulls have listed Caruso as OUT for Wednesday’s game against the Bulls.|
|Toronto Raptors||Status||Chicago Bulls||Status|
|Precious Achiuwa||Out||Troy Brown||Day to Day|
|Dalano Banton||Out||Devon Dotson||Out|
|Scottie Barnes||Out||Ayo Dosunmu||Day to Day|
|Malachi Flynn||Out||Alize Johnson||Day to Day|
|Pascal Siakam||Out||Stanley Johnson||Out|
|Gary Trent Jr.||Out||Zach LaVine||Day to Day|
|Fred Vanvleet||Out||Matt Thomas||Day to Day|
The odds are against the Toronto Raptors. Not only will they have up to 11 players unavailable for this matchup, but they will have to depend on a group of five ten-day hardship exception players for this game.
Of Toronto’s top five scorers, the team will only have one available. To say that their role players need to step up would be an understatement.
The Raptors are already 28th in the league in assists per game, but they’ll need to find a way to create good opportunities for their less used players. If the Raptors can’t shoot the ball with efficiency, the score could go in Chicago’s favor quickly.
All of the terrible COVID news distracted me from the fact that OG Anunoby is finally back, which is nice pic.twitter.com/Gz15yoG40W
— The NBA Analyst (@The_NBAAnalyst) December 19, 2021
Despite having returned from injury in just his last game and playing only 16 total games this season, Anunoby is expected to play heavy minutes for the Toronto Raptors in this game.
The two-way specialist has been averaging 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals on 42.9% shooting from the field this season. Despite shooting just 3 of 8 in his last game, a 19-point win over the Warriors, Anunoby will be Toronto’s key player on both sides of the court.
The Toronto Raptors are starved for players at the moment, and most of the offensive burden will be on Anunoby. If he can get his one-on-one game going early, it’ll open up a lot of opportunities for the Raptors’ role players.
The Chicago Bulls are coming off of back-to-back victories. A key to their success have been their fast starts and their offensive rebounding.
In their last two games, the Bulls have won the first quarter by an average of 8.5 points while also collecting a combined 25 offensive rebounds.
While it’s easy for them rely on DeMar DeRozan’s incredible scoring ability, the effort they put in on the glass and the pace they try to set from tip-off are crucial to their success. Setting the tone early can lead the Bulls to an easy victory.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 21, 2021
The Chicago Bulls have a decided advantage against the Raptors in terms of personnel. However, when Vucevic lines up against Toronto’s frontcourt, there’s none that should be able to match him.
Vucevic is coming off of a solid 18-point, 6 rebound evening in a win over the Houston Rockets. While he could’ve been more efficient from the field, he should have the edge against the undermanned Raptors.
The Chicago Bulls are at their best when Vucevic is aggressive on the offensive side of the court. He’s not much of a defender or rim-protector, so he’ll need to score to make an impact.
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|Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls Information|
|Teams||Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls|
|Location||United Center, Chicago, Illinois|
|Time||8:00 PM EST, December 22, 2021|
|How to Watch||SportsNet, NBC Sports Chicago|
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