Free NBA Pick: Magic vs Bulls NBA Odds
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(11-20) Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls (9-20)
Date: Wednesday December 20
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
NBA Moneyline Odds: Bulls -205, Magic +175
NBA Betting Odds: Bulls -5
NBA Betting Total: 210.5
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These are two of the worst team in the NBA. I think the interesting difference is the mindset of these two clubs. Chicago seems to have no illusion about its current position but Orlando seems to think it is thisclose to becoming a legitimate team. Their fast start and fade only confirms their status.
I was amazed that Chicago could be a solid favourite against anyone but that is how little the markets think about this Orlando team. Harsh but true.
The Magic have lost five in a row and six of seven. In addition to having a limited roster there are a number of injuries including Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier, two starters.
The injuries have forced the Magic to actually rely on their best player, Nikola Vucevic. The seven footer is leading the team in every major category, including assists and steals.
The injury to Fournier in particular has created an opportunity for Mario Hezonja. This is the third season in the league for the Euro import and we have not seen much. He did just score 28 in their last game though so stay tuned.
More than ever the Magic need Hezonja to develop to space the floor. They are without Fournier and without Terrence Ross, the only shooters on the roster with some degree of track record.
Orlando is a mess and it hardly seems like a road tilt is where they are going to get things sorted. The thing is they may not need to be all that good to the beat the Bulls.
The Bulls are not a good team but they have been have decent at home with a record of 6-8. Like so many bad teams they are really lacking in scoring talent. They are 28th in the league averaging 99ppg. The leading scorer is rookie Lauri Markkanen, I like the kid a lot but he is nowhere near ready to carry a team.
Chicago is one of the least efficient scoring teams because they lack any real shooters. Justin Holiday is supposed to have that in his skill set but he is having a terrible year and now six seasons into his career it is hard to expect things to improve. There are too many guys on this roster that fit that profile.
As collegians the combination of Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine would have been lethal but their game has not translated well to the NBA. Like Holiday they just are unable to make enough shots to let the other positives in their games shine through. This team is bad and this collection of players does not look like improvement is really in the cards.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 6-0 in Magic last 6 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bulls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls NBA Prediction:
Despite their struggles Chicago has actually been an OK ATS team this season at 15-11-3. They have been a favourite in just two games all season though, 1-1 SUATS.
Both of those situations were at home against terrible teams like Orlando. Still it makes me nervous to count on Chicago not being as bad as I think they are.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bulls -5
This is the largest spread the Bulls have had as a favourite. My only inkling is that they might be able to kick a wounded Orlando team while they are down.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Bulls 102 – Magic 94
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