Magic vs. Bulls Prediction
The Chicago Bulls are a small home underdog tonight versus the Orlando Magic at 8:00 p.m. ET. With both teams dropping six of their last 10 games overall, is there some value in the home dog?
7:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, January 2, 2019
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook BetNow.eu, the Magic are 1.5-point favorites to beat the Bulls. The total, meanwhile, sits at 199 points and as of this writing, 54% of the public betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Bulls to cover the point spread.
Orlando Magic Fantasy Spin
Nikola Vucevic (left calf) is expected to play on Wednesday vs. the Bulls. Vucevic exited Monday's game after being kicked in the calf and did not return, but he was a full participant at today's shootaround and isn't even being listed on the injury report. It appears that Vooch is safe to activate in all season-long settings.
Chicago Bulls Fantasy Spin
Zach LaVine missed 14 of his 17 shot attempts on Sunday, scoring 13 points with 7-of-7 free throws, three rebounds and two assists. LaVine fouled out in 33 minutes and this just wasn't his night, something he alluded to prior to the game. "At any time, we can all get hot and be the No. 1 option," LaVine said. "You have to understand that as a player." He still launched a team-high 17 shot attempts despite his brutal inefficiency, so owners should pay more attention to what he's doing than what he's saying -- he'll never be passive on the offensive end.
NBA Betting Trends
The Magic are 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 games playing on one day of rest.
The Bulls are just 1-4 against the number in their last five home games.
The Magic are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games versus the Bulls and are only 1-4 against the number in their last five trips to Chicago. Despite their struggles on the court, the Bulls are 4-1 at the betting window in their last five games overall and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games versus Southeast opponents. The Magic, meanwhile, are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games versus Central opponents.
Wednesday NBA Prediction: Chicago Bulls +1.5