Will Pascal Siakam & Kyle Lowry Play Tonight? Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls: Preview, Lineups & Predictions

Published 02/28/2021, 11:00 AM EST
Toronto Raptors stars Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam celebrate during the Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Boston Celtics. Courtesy: Reuters


The battle for the Playoffs is spicing up in the East; just two games separate the fourth-placed Toronto Raptors (17-17) and the 10th-placed Charlotte Hornets (15-17). This determines the magnitude of this NBA clash where the Raptors will host the eighth-placed Chicago Bulls.

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Date & Time: February 28, 2021, 7pm ET

Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

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Feb 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Preview | Toronto Raptors

Arguably, the most underrated and the most underappreciated team in the NBA currently. The Raptors began the season playing at their temporary home in Florida with a 2-8 record; rooting them on the bottom of the table at one point. But they have come back roaring in scintillating fashion.

Most of it has been thanks to the recent play of Pascal Siakam and the coaching of Nick Nurse. Unfortunately, the two along with five assistant coaches will be unavailable for this game because of the league’s strict health and safety protocols.

In Nurse’s absence, Sergio Scariolo will lead the team from the sidelines while Kyle Lowry will marshall the troops on the floor. He recorded his 18th career triple-double in the win over Houston Rockets. Chris Boucher comes into the starting lineup to replace Siakam.

Starting 5 for the Toronto Raptors

Guard – Kyle Lowry

Guard – Fred VanVleet

Center – Chris Boucher

Forward – OG Anunoby

Forward – Norman Powell

Preview | Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have won three out of their last four games. And the primary reason for that has been Zach LaVine‘s form. The maiden All-Star nominee is carrying the team’s Playoff hopes on his back almost single handedly.

His recent scoring run is almost unparalleled. However, it is on the defensive end where the team’s struggles are more glaring. They will need to be on their toes against the backcourt duo of Lowry and VanVleet.

Starting 5 for the Chicago Bulls

Guard – Coby White

Guard – Zach LaVine

Center – Wendell Carter Jr.

Forward – Garrett Temple

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Forward – Patrick Williams

Predictions | Raptors vs Bulls

The Raptors will arrive into this encounter as the favorites over their Chicago counterparts. They have overcome all the adversities that have been thrown at them. However, it would be wrong to totally discount the Bulls, considering their recent form, but it looks unlikely that they spring a surprise this time.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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