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(14-44) Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic (27-32)
Date: Friday February 22
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, FL.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Magic -8
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
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Can the Bulls get anything going over the last 24 games of the regular season? Perhaps a better question is “do they want to?” With 14 wins Chicago is just 3 off the pace of the worst record in the NBA. Jim Boylen may be coaching for his job, but his style hasn’t exactly been endearing to players.
Chicago was, dare say, decent over the two weeks leading up to the ASG. Prior to the break Chicago went 3-4 scoring wins over Miami, Brooklyn, and Memphis. Even so Chicago is just 8-20 on the roa this year.
There is some talent on the Chicago roster. Zach Lavine went for 26+ points in 4 of 5 games before the break. Lauri Markkanen has six straight games of 20+ points and 9+ rebounds and has scored 30+ three times over that span.
The Bulls have put up some solid offensive numbers as of late, even if it hasn’t translated to a whole lot of wins. Chicago is the 28th ranked scoring team in the league but has gone for 120+ in 4 of 5.
Of course Chicago has also allowed 125+ in three of their last six games. The calling card for the Magic this year has been their defense. If the Bulls can’t score, can you rely on their defense to limit the Orlando offense?
The Magic were one of the hottest teams in the NBA prior to the break, winners of five straight games. One of those wins was an impressive 103-83 victory in Milwaukee. You have to wonder, has the all-star break recharged the Orlando batteries – or killed their momentum?
The Magic are just 0.5 GB from the 8 seed in the East. If Steve Clifford’s team wants a shot at the postseason however they need to start playing better at home as the Magic are only 14-15 at the Amway Center on the season.
The Magic also need to avoid getting complacent in winnable games like the one Friday night where they are -8 favorites over the Bulls. The Magic have gone 2-1 vs. Chicago this season but have also been held under 100 points two times including an 80-90 loss at the United Center on 12/21.
It should be another big night for Magic C Nikola Vucevic who has feasted on Chicago this season. The stat lines for Vucevic in the three games vs. the Bulls this year are 26/10, 19/19, and 22/12. The Bulls got even thinner in the front court with the trade of Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis so look for Vucevic to dominate in this one.
The Magic have a tough test against a Chicago offense that has been clicking lately. That being said, Orlando’s #6 scoring defense is well rested and the Bulls may have a tough go of it playing on the road in their first game after the all-star break.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bulls are 4-1 ATS their last five road games
- Bulls are 11-5 ATS their last 16 on 3+ days rest
- Magic are 4-0 ATS their last four home games
- Bulls are 3-7 ATS the last 10 in Orlando
Free Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
It’s been a mixed back when these two teams have met up this year. Orlando won a close one at home (97-91) in the first meeting, lost by 10 in Chicago after that, and most recently dominated in a 112-84 win at the United Center on January 2nd.
8 is a lot of points, especially in the first game back from the all-star break. Few would argue that the Magic are the superior team in this one, but Chicago hasn’t been completely atrocious lately.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls +8
Ultimately it’s too much Vucevic that decides this game but the Bulls are competitive.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Chicago 109 – Magic 115
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