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Toronto Raptors Status Check:
Record: 16-32
Division: 4-7
Conference: 9-23
Home Record: 8-15
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Streak: Won 1
Last game: 96-79 win over New York
PPG: 90.8 (27th)
Opponents PPG: 94.6 (12th)
Offensive Rating: 99.9 (29th)
Defensive Rating: 104.1 (15th)
Pace: 90.1 (12th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .473 (22nd)
Turnover Percentage: .149 (24th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .753 (3rd)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .248 (23rd)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .212 (14th)
Opp. eFG%: .475 (10th)
Opp. TO%: .132 (22nd)
Opp. FT/FGA: .268 (30th)
Leading scorer: Andrea Bargnani (19.4)

Stats from Basketball-Reference

Toronto Injury Report:
Jerryd Bayless: missed last night’s game against New York (hip pointer)
DeMar DeRozan: left last night’s game against New York (sore ankle)

Overview:
The Bulls have had two full days of rest after beating the Raptors in Toronto, and will play them again tonight in the United Center.

John Lucas III once again surprised the other team by playing like a grown man, all while looking like a middle school student. Lucas went off in the fourth; scoring all 13 of his points and helping the Bulls outscore Toronto 32-13 in the final quarter. That included a 20-0 run by the Bulls.

And while the Bulls had a few days off after their comeback win, Toronto will be playing on the second night of a back-to-back. The Raptors topped the Knicks last night behind 30 points from DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan went 11-17 from the field and 8-9 from the line.

Only Carmelo Anthony (12), Amare Stoudemire (17) and Steve Novak (15) scored in double digits for the Knicks, who also had 22 turnovers.

Gary Forbes scored 19 points off the bench for the Raptors, going 8-12 from the field. Andrea Bargnani added 21 points and seven rebounds. Jose Calderon went 0-10 from the field, but did dish ten assists.

DeRozan may not be able to play tonight because of a sore ankle. He scored 23 points against the Bulls on Wednesday night.

Toronto was also coming into the last match-up with Chicago on no rest. The Raptors are 3-12 with no rest. They are 8-17 on the road, while Chicago is 19-4 in the United Center.

The Bulls gave up just 64 points to the Raptors when Toronto visited the United Center in mid-January. Toronto shot 34.9 percent from the field and 1-7 from the free throw line.

Somebody is going to have to step up again for the Bulls if they want to win on their home court. Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton are likely out once again, something that is becoming all too common. The Bulls improved to 11-4 without Rose this season last time out against Toronto.

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