Of course these teams met back on Monday in the Windy City, and despite strong efforts from Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Bulls bench churned out 51 points while the Raptors bench could only muster 27, as well as being on the floor during the 19-4 run that put Chicago ahead for good.
Luckily for the Raps, the bench contributed in a big way on Friday and hopefully their success will carry over to the game this afternoon. Patrick Patterson's shot was falling and he didn't look indecisive for one of the few times this year. Cory Joseph seemed to have shaken the mini-slump he had been playing in finishing with 6 points as well as 6 assists. Terrence Ross was his lackadaisical self in the first half but shook it off to hit some big threes down the stretch, and Bismack Biyombo remained a rebounding machine, and nearly ripped Tyler Hansbrough's head off to the delight of the crowd.
Bobby Portis, Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell did anything they want when they were on the floor Monday night, and it will take a good outing defensively from both Ross and Patterson, something we haven't seen much of this season, to quell the bench scoring of Chicago.
If the bench is up to the task and DeRozan plays a solid two way game, keeping Jimmy Butler in check as well as playing efficiently and sharing the ball on O the Raps have a chance to reverse the result of Monday night.
How do you think this afternoon's game will go?
Where to Watch: TSN, 3:30pm EST