BULLS AT RAPTORS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • With a win in Friday’s game, the Toronto Raptors (4-5) would reach the .500 mark. This would be the first time since the 2009-10 that Toronto had a .500 record after the first 10 games of a season.
  • This matchup is sure to be a defensive affair. The Raptors rank fifth in the NBA holding opponents to 94.9 points per game. The Chicago Bulls (3-3) rank third limiting opponents to 91.0 points in six games. Toronto has held opponents under 100 points in six games this season, which is tied for second in the NBA.
  • In their three wins this season, the Bulls have held their opponents to 81 points or less in each contest. Since 2010-11, Chicago is 64-9 when it stops its opponent from scoring at least 90 points.
  • Derrick Rose, who missed the entirety of last season while rehabbing a torn ACL, has struggled to find his groove this season, averaging just 14.7 points per game on 33.3 percent shooting. When asked about potentially finding his game Rose responded by saying, “I’m not sure about when I’m going to catch it. I know it’s coming soon.”
  • Rose will not play for the Bulls due to a hamstring injury that he suffered on Monday night in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has not played in Toronto since February 23, 2011. “Management and the training staff really just tell me to take my time,” Rose said at shootaround. “This is my first hamstring injury and I really just gotta be patient with it.” He reiterated that despite the advice from management and the training staff, the decision to play or sit out would ultimately be his own.
  • Forward Austin Daye and center Aaron Gray are inactive for the Raptors.

– Scott Campsall 

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