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Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls: Injury report, predicted lineups and start 5 – January 26, 2022

The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors are preparing to take on each other at the Unity Center in Chicago in a clash between the two giants of the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors enter this game as the eighth seed in the East with a 23-22 record as they continue to hover around the 0.500 mark this season. They are leading 10-10 this season and have won 5 of the last 10 matches in the league. With post-season aspirations, the 2019 champion is four games behind sixth seed Philadelphia 76ers and three games behind 12th seed Atlanta Hawks.

Meanwhile, the Bulls are entering this game near the top of the Eastern Conference with a 29-17 record. They are one game behind the leading team Miami Heat and two games behind sixth seed Philadelphia 76ers. Chicago have won just three of their last 10 games and have enjoyed 16 wins in 22 home games this season. With injuries to key players, the Bulls could be there to replace them.


Toronto Raptors Injury Report

Raptors amulet Fred VanVleet in action
Raptors amulet Fred VanVleet in action

Big news for Toronto is Fred VanVleet is being monitored daily due to pain in his right knee while with Scottie Barnes, who is having problems with his wrist. Also, the Raptors’ only other absentees are David Johnson and Khem Birch as the former went out after participating in NBA health and safety protocols while the latter suffered a nose injury.

Player

Status

Reason

Fred VanVleet Doubts Knee
Scottie Barnes Doubts Wrist
David Johnson Outside Covid-19
Khem Birch Outside Nose

Chicago Bulls injury report

Lonzo Ball to play for Bulls
Lonzo Ball to play for Bulls

Bulls will not have the service of main players like Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso as the first recovering from a knee injury while the latter is recovering from a fracture of his right wrist. Derrick Jones Jr also had to miss the game in Chicago due to a broken finger. Nikola Vučević is under suspicion due to a knee injury.

Player

Status

Reason

Lonzo Ball Outside Knee
Alex Caruso Outside Wrist
Nikola Vučević Doubts Knee
Derrick Jones Jr. Outside Finger

Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls: Predicted Lineups


Toronto Raptors

Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr are set to become the frontrunners for the Toronto Raptors while OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher are set to play as forwards. The big man in the squad will be Pascal Siakam.

Chicago Bulls

Once the Lonzo Ball is out, it’s up to Zach LaVine and Ayo Dosunmu to handle the back lane missions for the Bulls. Javonte Green and DeMar DeRozan are expected to take the lead with big man Tony Bradley set to start at center.

Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls: 5 Second Prediction Start


Toronto Raptors

Protect points – Fred VanVleet; Guard – Gary Trent Jr.; Small progress – OG Anunoby; Power transition – Chris Boucher; center – Pascal Siakam


Chicago Bulls

Protect points – Ayo Dosunmu; Guard – Zach LaVine; Small progress – DeMar DeRozan; Power transition – Green Javonte; center – Tony Bradley.


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Edited by Arnav

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