Bulls vs Raptors Game Preview

The Bulls have been utterly amazing on the defensive end at the United Center so far this season, allowing an average of 67.5 points per game. The most they have allowed in a game was the 74 vs Atlanta.

Tonight doesn't seem to be the night for that to change very much- Toronto comes into the game averaging only 88 points a contest, and they are 25th in the NBA in Offensive Efficiency.

The Raptors aren't much better on defense, ranking #20 in the league in efficiency. That would explain their 4-8 record so far.

By far the Raptors' best offensive player is former #1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani, whose 22.3 points per game rank him 8th in the league in scoring. But he missed last night's home loss to the Pacers with a strained left calf and is questionable to play tonight.

Without Bargnani the Raptors wouldn't seem to have a chance tonight- they would be double-digit underdogs even if the big man plays.

Unless the Bulls are just ice-cold from the field, they should be able to win tonight's game with ease. Even if they can't shoot straight, their defense is probably enough to win this one.

This might be the night that all the fans and media who are worried about minutes get to see Rose and Deng play somewhere in the low 30 minute range, especially if Bargnani is unable to go.

Game-time is 7 PM CT, and it will be broadcast nationally on WGN America. I'm sure it will be televised by someone in Canada, but I don't have those listings- anybody who does can post the info in the thread, I'm sure it would be appreciated by our Canadian fans.

Just to warn everyone, tonight's game recap will not be posted until several hours after the game ends. I'm doing my show from 5-10, and when I come home I am going to watch my Patriots on DVR first- it is the playoffs, after all. Then I'll watch the Bulls/Raptors and give you my recap, so you may not get to read it until Sunday morning.

Thanks again to everyone who has been posting, and to all of you who are just readers. The traffic here in the first 30 hours has been even more than I could have anticipated, and I truly do appreciate all of you who take a little time out of your day to check out my ramblings.

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    Don Ellis started covering sports professionally when he was 15. The same year (1980), as a student assistant at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon, IN, he was one of the first in the world to use, study and implement analytics in basketball. He attended Daytona State College and Ball State University, and some of his past credits include InsideHoops (NBA Runaround: The NBA According to Ellis) and ESPN Florida (The Florida Sports Reporters), where he was fortunate enough to work with many rising stars, including NFL Network's Dan Hellie, Redskins coach Jay Gruden, Magic radio and TV personality Dante Marchitelli, and WSB-TV (Atlanta) Sports Director Zach Klein. In addition to running the Bullsville blog and officiating basketball, baseball and football for the KHSAA, he is also a bass player and vocalist who writes and produces music in his spare time (you may remember his internet hit "I Hate Eddy Curry"). He's a 3rd-generation Cubs fan, a Bulls fan since the days of Van Lier and Sloan, and a life-long New England Patriots fan. He's seen Primus 9 times and thinks Les Claypool walks on water. By far his greatest accomplishment is being a father of three and grandfather of one.

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