Today's featured FREE play comes from expert Ben Burns. After going a tidy 2-0-1 on Tuesday, Ben Burns is now a profitable 44-27-1 in 2013. Going back a few weeks further finds him at 113-74 (+$29,469) his L187. That includes a 39-18 record with his last 57 NBA selections. Check out his expert analysis below.
NBA: Chicago @ Toronto, January 16, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Capper: Ben Burns
https://experts.covers.com/Handicapper/Ben_BurnsPick: Toronto +4.5
I had to settle for a push with my play on the Raptors yesterday. With this line climbing from its opener, I'm willing to give them another shot today.
Earlier this season, I visited Toronto and took in a game. The Raptors were still winless (0-2) and they were off a 7-point loss at Brooklyn the previous night.
The group of people I went with, all of them "Raptor fans," weren't giving their team much of a chance ...
I made a play on Toronto in that game and told them that I wasn't concerned with the back-to-back spot and that I liked what I'd seen from the Raptors at Brooklyn.
Unaffected by the b2b situation, the Raptors would go on to reward me with a convincing 105-86 victory over the T-Wolves, their first "W" of the season.
They've continued to perform well when playing the second of back-to-back games too. In fact, the Raptors are 7-2 ATS in that situation this season, including 3-0 SU/ATS when playing at the Air Canada Centre.
Going back a little further finds them at a profitable 11-3 ATS the last 14 times that they played the second of back-to-back games, 28-19 ATS the last 2+ seasons.
True, the Bulls are off an impressive "beatdown" of the Hawks. Keep in mind that they're still only 8-14-1 ATS when laying points. (They're also 2-4 ATS off a double-digit win.)
As noted, this line has climbed from its opener, creating extra line value, as the betting public seemingly can't get enough of the Bulls. Note that the Raptors are 3-0 ATS as home underdogs in the 3.5 to 6 range.
The most recent meeting between these teams (102-101 home win for the Bulls) was decided by a single point. The Raptors lost the last time that they hosted the Bulls but had beaten them in three of the previous five games here and five of the previous eight. Consider grabbing the points.
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