Injured Mirotic reportedly upset suspended Portis back with Bulls before him

Three Things to Watch Bulls-Pelicans

Three Things to Watch Bulls-Pelicans

The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. Chicago rank last in the National Basketball Association in scoring at 91.9 points per game and last in shooting at 39.4 percent after a 96-90 home loss in overtime to New Orleans on Saturday night.

The Chicago Bulls are coming to Canada after a painful overtime loss to New Orleans at home, but even though they are 2-6 at the moment, Fred Hoiberg's team is playing well, and three of those six defeats were by ten points or fewer.

When the Chicago Bulls travel north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, Bobby Portis will be with the team.

The Bulls are not yet sure how they will handle the situation between Portis and Mirotic, once Mirotic is physically cleared to return. He was put in a bad spot with Lowry's ejection Sunday as Wizards guard Bradley Beal continued his torrid scoring pace with 38 against a host of Raptors defenders. But Powell has made his mark on the offensive end of late, averaging 16.0 points on 58.1 percent shooting in Toronto's last three games. While he's still likely the fifth offensive option in the Raptors' starting five, it's a good problem to have if he can continue to contribute.

With a 2-6 record to start the season, things have not gone as planned for the Chicago Bulls. Toronto have failed to hit 40 percent from 3-point range in their last seven games, and getting Miles back on track could be a key to the Raptors re-discovering their range from deep.

Rose had his best game yet for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Friday's 130-122 win over the Washington Wizards, scoring a season-high 20 points to complement LeBron James' 57-point performance. Robin Lopez is the third double-digit scorer and Denzel Valentine is grabbing 5.3 rebounds.

The Raptors and Bulls opened the season against each other. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 91.9 points on 39.4 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. You can build on defense like we played tonight. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 107.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting.

The Raptors are 11-point favorites this time around after covering a 13.5-point number with relative ease last month.

The Raptors defeated the Bulls 117-100 on October 19, the season opener for both teams. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 16.3 points and nine rebounds while Justin Holiday is averaging 15.6 points and 1.4 assists.

Dwane Casey has all of the players at his disposal and is delighted to have a healthy squad as there are no injuries.

Hoiberg has his own scrambling to do in Chicago's backcourt because David Nwaba is out with a sprained ankle.

The Raptors should win this going away, but that will only happen if their shots fall early.

It is that kind of spark the Bulls hope Portis can inject on his return. Tip-off time is 7:30 pm ET.

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