Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls
Records: Raptors (53-23); Bulls (21-55)
Where to Watch
Date: March 30
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Radio: Sportsnet 590
Location: United Center, Chicago, IL
The Raptors take on the Bulls in Chicago Saturday night, closing out a quick two-game road trip that began Thursday in New York.
These two teams met just four days ago as Toronto earned a nine-point home win over Chicago Tuesday. While the score is indicative of a close game, that wasn't exactly the case - the Raptors never trailed and led by as many as 21 points on the night.
Toronto is currently 8-6 in the month of March and would avoid tying its worst month of the season (Dec.) with a win on Saturday. Chicago is 4-10 in March, losing eight of its last 10 games including its last three.
The Bulls are coming off of a 20-point home loss to the Blazers on Wednesday night in which they were led by 21 points and 10 rebounds from second-year guard Shaquille Harrison. Chicago's season has been marred by injuries, and seven of its talented young players will not suit up Saturday.
Most recently, it was announced that 2018 All-Rookie First Team member Lauri Markkanen would be shut down for the remainder of the season after he left Tuesday's game in Toronto due to an episode of rapid heart rate and fatigue.
The Raptors look to make it three straight wins but will have to do so without Kawhi Leonard, who is listed as out due to personal reasons.
It will be the second consecutive game Leonard has missed as Pascal Siakam stepped up in his absence, scoring 31 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists to lead Toronto to a 25-point win at Madison Square Garden two nights ago.
Siakam, who is wrapping up a breakout season, has put forth some of his best performances this season with Leonard sidelined. Fred VanVleet started in place of Leonard Thursday and is expected to do the same once again in Chicago Saturday.
Dating back to the 2016-17 season, Toronto has won eight straight games over Chicago - a win tonight would make it two straight regular-season series sweeps for the Raptors. The Bulls last win over the Raptors came on Feb. 14, 2017
The Bulls' 59.0 points in the paint per contest in the month of March ranks first across the entire NBA. Since ranking No. 23 in the league in points in the paint in Nov., Chicago has increased its interior scoring by 14.0 points per game
The Raptors have an opportunity to win at least 10 games against opponents from four different divisions with a victory Saturday at Chicago. They are currently 9-8 against Central Division opponents, 11-4 against Atlantic Division teams, 12-2 against the Southeast Division and a perfect 10-0 against the Pacific Division.
Chicago's Wendell Carter Jr., Kris Dunn, Chandler Hutchinson, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr. and Denzel Valentine are all listed as out. Zach LaVine is listed as doubtful.
For the second-straight game, Toronto will be without OG Anunoby and Kawhi Leonard. Patrick McCaw will also be sidelined with a sprained right thumb.
Last Time They Played
Date: March 26, 2019
Score: Raptors 112, Bulls 103
Raptors: Norman Powell - 20 points (8-10 FG), three rebounds, three assists
Bulls: Shaquille Harrison - 15 points, five rebounds, five assists