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NBA Week 17 Betting Picks

Posted by Jay Sanin on 2/14/2017 4:30:51 AM

Public perception can be a great tool when making NBA betting picks, as the public may not know everything that there is to know about a team heading into a matchup. In this free NBA betting pick, there is a great chance to use public perception to get some value with a home underdog. For updated odds on this and all games, check out the sportsbook.

Toronto Raptors -7 at Chicago Bulls

After finishing their season in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, public perception is that the Toronto Raptors are an elite team in the NBA. Meanwhile, after their public implosion earlier in the season between Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, and Rajon Rondo, the public is down on the Chicago Bulls this year. But with the way the Raptors have been playing on the road, this is a great chance to use those perceptions to get a valuable underdog number.

So far this season, the Toronto Raptors are just 14-13 on the road. That is just the ninth best mark on the road in the NBA, meaning that the Raptors are simply an average team at home during this campaign. Also worth noting is that the Raptors are on poor form lately, going just 4-6 straight up over their last 10 games.

Chicago, meanwhile, isn't playing pristine basketball by any stretch of the imagination right now, with Jimmy Butler missing some time due to injury. But this play isn't a product of the Bulls being great, but is rather a chance to take the Bulls as a home underdog at a number that is much bigger than it should be given just how average the Raptors have been away from home on the season.

This game will have a huge impact on the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, with the Raptors sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and the Bulls sitting in seventh place. Should the Raptors drop this game, they risk falling into fifth place, which would lose them home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago, being just a couple of games ahead of the 9th place team in the East, could miss the playoffs if they don't start winning. Expect Chicago to get a big home win here.

Pick: Chicago Bulls +7 over Toronto Raptors

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