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Bulls vs. Raptors preview: barely in the playoff hunt

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the Raptors have given up, the Bulls not quite yet

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After three straight wins last week, the Chicago Bulls playoff hopes took a major dent when they fell to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday despite Zach LaVine’s 40 points.

That defeat now means Chicago has to go 4-0 in their remaining games while Washington has to lose their remaining games. The Wizards barely lost to the Atlanta Hawks last night, keeping Chicago alive but barely:

Tonight, the Bulls have a chance to get back to winning ways as they face the team right underneath them that has been eliminated from the playoffs.

The Toronto Raptors as they have dropped four straight dating back to May 2nd, looking like they are now more focused on the lottery. With Toronto very short-handed (see injury report below), this should be a game the Bulls should win. If not, their playoff chances are officially done and dusted.

Injury Report: Troy Brown Jr. is still out with a sprained ankle. Tomas Satoransky (left ankle sprain) and Daniel Theis (right hip strain) are questionable.

As for the Raptors, they have a long list of guys who will be inactive for tonight’s game: OG Anunoby (left calf strain), Aron Baynes (left foot contusion), Chris Boucher (left knee sprain), Rodney Hood (left hand fracture), Kyle Lowry (rest), Pascal Siakam (left shoulder strain), Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor), and Paul Watson (left knee tendinitis) are all out.

Game Time: 7PM CT

Odds: The Bulls are a big favorite in this one with the line being Chicago (-10.5) at most places. As for the over/under, it’s set at 216.5 but you can find totals for 216 as well. (All information via the Action Network).