The Toronto Raptors take on the Chicago Bulls at United Center on Monday night. The Raptors (15-7) have enjoyed a strong start to their season, but they’re currently in the midst of a rare three-game losing streak. Their most recent stumble came against the division-rival Philadelphia 76ers, which toppled them by a 110-104 score on Sunday evening. Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors with 26 points, adding six rebounds, five assists and two steals. OG Anunoby furnished 19 points, 10 boards, two assists, four steals and one block. Pascal Siakam delivered 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal. Serge Ibaka and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson generated 12 points each, with Ibaka also pulling down seven rebounds. The Raptors will likely list Fred VanVleet (knee) as questionable at best for Monday’s game after he exited Sunday’s contest with the injury. Matt Thomas (finger), Stanley Johnson (groin) and Patrick McCaw (knee) will remain out. The Bulls (8-16) have been unable to put together any extended stretches of winning this season, and accordingly, they’ll come into Monday’s contest having dropped five of their last seven games. Their most recent defeat was a close one, as they dropped a 110-105 decision in overtime to the Miami Heat on Sunday evening. Lauri Markkanen paced the Bulls with 22 points, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one steal. LaVine provided 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kris Dunn delivered 16 points, five boards, two assists and three steals. Thaddeus Young registered 12 points and four boards. Coby White and Denzel Valentine had 11 points apiece, with White adding eight assists and four rebounds. The Bulls project to be without Otto Porter, Jr. (foot), Chander Hutchison (shoulder) and Cristiano Felicio (wrist) for Monday’s game. Monday’s game marks the second of three meetings between the teams this season. The Raptors hold a 1-0 series lead, having notched a 108-84 win Oct. 26.
December 10, 2019