News – AU – Underdog Raptors are desperate to beat the bulls

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If the Toronto Raptors are hoping to turn things around and make the playoffs this season, they have to start Thursday

The days of keeping an eye on a top 6 seed in the Eastern Conference are long gone and the Raptors are now only fighting to get into the play-in tournament -18 Chicago Bulls face off against the Toronto on Thursday night

“It’s a big deal,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse, “I think we have some big against teams near us this week, Chicago and Cleveland”

Chicago is just two games ahead of Toronto, and despite what has gone wrong for the Raptors this year, that faint hope of playoff basketball still flares in the distance

“I have the feeling that if we get some good wins in a row we will be right back in the [playoff] conversation,” said Pascal Siakam Were playoffs and with every team out there are fighting and can win””

Unfortunately for the Raptors, Vegas sportsbooks don’t like their chances on Thursday. The Cops are four-point favorites, according to Covers, and have a 64% chance of winning the game

It should get a little easier for Chicago considering the Raptors are back without Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Rodney Hood, Jalen Harris, Patrick McCaw, and Paul Watson Jr Conversely, the Bulls’ top players should all be healthy, as both Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen were rated as likely for Thursday

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News – AU – Underdog Raptors are in despair after beating the Bulls
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