Josh Weinstein

Having flipped the script against a Bulls team that dominated them in the win column for the better part of a decade, the Raptors host Chicago tonight at Air Canada Centre looking for their third straight victory against the club.

Fresh off an incredible 52-point performance, DeMar DeRozan looks to carry Toronto with another dominant scoring output. Obviously, he’s not going to reach near the 50-point plateau tonight – or will he? –  but even anything close to that level of production will be welcomed with open arms by his Raptors teammates and coaches.

Aside from DeRozan’s hot streak of late, another positive for the Raptors is that roster is fully intact health-wise. Sure, some players may see less playing time going forward, but at the end of the day having the luxury of depth is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Given the unpredictability of the injury bug, you never know when Dwane Casey will have to call upon the next man in the rotation. In addition to depth, having an abundance of talent will increase healthy competition among teammates for a spot in the rotation.

Even though they won’t be in contention come playoff time, the Bulls should not be overlooked tonight. With nice pieces like Lauri Markkanen, Nikola Mirotic, Justin Holiday, and Bobby Portis, plus second-year point guard Kris Dunn playing out of his mind lately, Chicago has the capability to shock a team with a strong effort across 48 minutes. While the Raptors certainly have more talent on paper, they don’t always put together a complete effort for four quarters, which has plagued them at times this season. We’ll see how they come out of the gates for a road matchup tonight.

Tip-off is at 8:00 PM ET.

Projected starting lineups:

 Toronto Raptors (25-10)

  • PG Kyle Lowry
  • SG DeMar DeRozan
  • SF OG Anunoby
  • PF Serge Ibaka
  • C Jonas Valanciunas

Chicago Bulls (13-24)

  • PG Kris Dunn
  • SG Justin Holiday
  • SF Denzel Valentine
  • PF Lauri Markkanen
  • C Robin Lopez