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2022 NBA Handicapping
(7-30) Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls (24-10)
Date: Monday, January 3rd, 2022
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, IL
NBA Moneyline Odds: Magic +750 | Bulls -1200 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Magic +14.5 / Bulls -14.5
NBA Betting Total: 221
The Orlando Magic will be on the road to take on the Chicago Bulls on Monday, January 3rd.
The tip-off is set for 8:00 ET from United Center.
Chicago started off as an 11 point favorite and that number is now up to 14.5. The total has gone from 221.5 to 220.
The Magic have had an absolutely abysmal season. There is really no other way to put it.
This team has lost five games in a row and unless something crazy happens, it will be six in a row when everything is all said and done on Monday night.
The struggles for this team are really not all that surprising. Remember, there is a reason why their pre-season over/under win total was set as such a low number. Nobody, even the most passionate fans, thought this team would do all that much winning this year.
There is some talent on this roster, but a lot of the players are still very young. It is going to take a long time before this squad is relevant again.
Orlando lost to the Boston Celtics on Sunday by a score of 116-111 in overtime. This was a game they had a chance to win, but they could not hold on to the lead that they had. It will only get tougher for them when they head to the windy city.
The defense for Orlando had zero answers for Jaylen Brown on Sunday, who ended up finishing the day with 50 points. If you want to win ball games, those sorts of things cannot happen.
The Bulls have had a very strong season. I have been very impressed with what I have seen out of this team.
Chicago has a record of 24-10, which puts them in first place in the Eastern Conference. At the moment, they lead the Brooklyn Nets by one game.
At the beginning of the season, I wondered if this team was a pretender, but they have seemed to answer that question. When you think of the best teams in the East, you have to got to put this group in that mix.
These guys beat the Washington Wizards on Saturday by a score of 120-119. That was an impressive win on the road over a solid team for them.
Zach LaVine was the leading scorer in their last game with 35 points and 5 boards. Also, Demar Derozan had 28 points and 5 dimes. When they are on their game, the offense for this team is one of the best in basketball.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Magic are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Central Divison.
- The Magic are 2-12 SU in their last 14 games.
- The Bulls are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Bulls are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games.
Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls NBA Analysis:
I am interested to see how the Magic plays on the second night of a back-to-back. Given how bad of a team they are, it really does not matter whether they got a day off or not.
If you are the Bulls, these are games you need to take care of your business in. You cannot mess around with one of the worst teams in the sport.
A good sign for Chicago is that they seem to have a lot of their key players back. Whether it was COVID or injuries, it was a struggle to have a consistent lineup out there from game to game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls ATS
At this part in the season, the Bulls are the much better team and I feel like they will put that on full display. I feel like they will be too much for the Magic on both sides of the ball.
Listen, I get that Chicago is laying a pretty high number here, but I like it. When all things are complete, I do not see this being all that competitive of a ball game.
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