The Toronto Raptors welcome a familiar face into Scotiabank Arena on Monday night, as DeMar DeRozan makes his first visit to Canada as a member of the Chicago Bulls.
DeRozan, who spent the first nine seasons of his career in Toronto, joined Chicago this offseason via a sign-and-trade after spending the previous two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. Safe to say it's been so far, so good for DeRozan and the Bulls, who are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2016-17 season.
DeMar is fitting in just fine 😎 pic.twitter.com/rM45RanN01- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) October 24, 2021
The Bulls, who also added Lonzo Ball this offseason, have built a strong core of four players that also features All-Stars Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic. In its most recent outing, Chicago earned a 97-82 win over the Detroit Pistons, with DeRozan's 21 points leading the way while Vucevic recorded a monster 15-point, 19-rebound double-double.
Toronto, which is set to play the second game of a four-game homestand on Monday, will look to play spoiler to Chicago's perfect start to the season.
On Saturday, the Raptors ran out of steam in the second half of a 103-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in which OG Anunoby led the way with 20 points, while rookie Scottie Barnes added 17 points and eight boards.
Sheeeeeesh @ScottBarnes561 pic.twitter.com/q4CTX7V2ls- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 24, 2021
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For Toronto, the loss fell on the second end of a back-to-back, which could explain the team fading in the final two frames. With a day of rest, the Raptors will look to lean on their depth in order to contest with a talented Bulls team.
There will be a number of matchups to keep an eye on, including the point-guard battle between Fred VanVleet and Ball, while Barnes could draw various assignments, including another former No. 4 overall pick and fellow Florida State product Patrick Williams.
Will the Bulls keep rolling or can the Raptors bounce back? Here is everything you need to know about how to watch Monday's game.
What channel is Raptors vs. Bulls on?
- TV channel: TSN 4 (Canada), NBC Sports Chicago and NBA League Pass (USA)
- Radio: TSN 1050
What time does Raptors vs. Bulls start?
- Date: Monday, Oct. 25
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
Raptors vs. Bulls is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Oct. 25. The game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
(As of 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25)
|Team||Player Name||Current Status||Reason|
|Toronto Raptors||Pascal Siakam||Out||Injury/Illness - Left Shoulder; Surgery - recovery|
|Yuta Watanabe||Out||Injury/Illness - Left Calf; Strain|
|Chicago Bulls||Coby White||Out||Injury/Illness - Left Shoulder; Injury Management|
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