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Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors Preview and thread: finish them

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Chicago Bulls (21-28) vs. Toronto Raptors (20-31)

Are the Chicago Bulls turning the corner?

It’s amazing how excited we are about a freaking two-game winning streak. Sunday, the Bulls finally got that elusive “win-against-an-actual-good-team” when they downed the Brooklyn Nets 115-107 at the United Center. There’s just that one small cliff note that Kevin Durant and James Harden weren’t playing, but let’s ignore that for a minute.

The Bulls showed it wasn’t a fluke with a commanding 113-97 win against the Indiana Pacers at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse a few nights ago.

As the Bulls push for a first playoff appearance since 2017 the schedule couldn’t be any more favorable. The Raptors are likely going to be missing basically all their relevant players when they suit up against the Bulls tonight. After a bout with the Hawks, the Bulls face bottom dwellers in the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Orlando Magic. Wedged in there are two games against the solid Memphis Grizzlies which should be a good measuring stick to see if this Bulls team is actually turning the corner.

Tonight is a golden opportunity for the Bulls to build upon the little bit of momentum they have built up and extend that winning streak to three games. The Raptors are another team that is right in the vicinity of the Bulls in terms of where they sit in the standings, adding extra importance to this game.

Currently the Bulls sit at No. 10 in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games out of spot No. 8. They have like six weeks worth of games to make something happen.

Injury Report:

Garrett Temple remains out. Daniel Theis is back after a one-game personal absence

Raptors are without a lot of guys: most damaging is no Kyle Lowry or Fred VanVleet. Rodney Hood, Patrick McCaw, Paul Watson also out. Deandre’ Bembry is out due to suspension. Jalen Harris is listed as day-to-day but presumed out.

Game Time: 6:30 p.m. CDT; NBC Sports Chicago Plus