Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread and More

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 14, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 26:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls reacts against the Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls are doing everything they can to solidify their place as the best team in the NBA, while the Toronto Raptors are doing everything they can to remain afloat.

These teams will match up in what is going to be somewhat of a lopsided game.

To be fair, most games that feature the Bulls this season are lopsided in their favor.

It's safe to say the Bulls possess one of the league's best players in point guard Derrick Rose, who is averaging an incredible 21.1 points, 8.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game so far this year.

It's tough to say that the Raptors have any player even close to Rose's level, but at 4-8, they're going to have to improve on their record nonetheless.

It should lead to an interesting basketball game.

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 26:  Jerryd Bayless #5 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball against Ramon Sessions #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the season opener at Quicken Loans Arena on December 26, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expres
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Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

When: Saturday Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. EST

Watch: WGN

Listen: SportsNet 590 AM the FAN Toronto; ESPN 1000 AM WMVP 


Betting Line: Bulls -14 via

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 20: Richard Hamilton #32 of the Chicago Bulls participates in warm-ups before a preseason game against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center on December 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 93-85. NOTE TO U
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Key Injuries:

Raptors: Center Andrea Bargnani doubtful (calf), guard Jerryd Bayless out (ankle), center Aaron Gray out (heart).

Bulls: Guard Richard Hamilton doubtful (groin), guard C.J. Watson out (elbow).

Report via USA Today.

What's At Stake? Protecting the home court is going to be a big point of emphasis for a Bulls team that wants to be elite. On the other-hand, the Raptors can really jump start their season with a big road upset.

What They're Saying: The Associated Press via cbcsports writes how the Raptors have no luck, being that Rose was out with a big toe injury a few games ago, but seems to be back at full health.

Dan McGrath of the Chicago New Cooperative via the New York Times writes about the Bulls fanbase and all of their anxieties about this team. Biggest of all, the health of Rose in this shortened but intensified season.

Raptors Player To Watch: 

DENVER, CO - MARCH 21:  Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during a break in the action against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on March 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Raptors 123-90. NOTE TO USER: User expre
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If there's a bright spot on this team, it's going to be Andrea Bargnani, who is averaging 22.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Expect him to give the Bulls trouble down low.

Bulls Player To Watch:

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls nd Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers set to rebound a free throw at Staples Center on December 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  The Bulls won 114-101.  NOTE TO USER: Us
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With Bargnani playing so hot down low, the play of Carlos Boozer is going to be big for the Bulls. He's averaging only 13.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

Key Matchup:

Can Raptors' point guard Jose Calderon stick with Rose? That will be the question for Toronto and the key to this game.


The Bulls are very good, and they will protect the home court.

Bulls: 93 Raptors: 82

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