Bulls vs. Magic Prediction
Will the Orlando Magic be able to roll to a lopsided win at home when they take on the Chicago Bulls tonight at 7PM ET?
517 Chicago Bulls vs. 518 Orlando Magic
Friday, February 22, 2019
7PM ET – Amway Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Magic are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -8 points against the Bulls. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 59 percent going on the Magic at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bulls not in the playoff mix
Chicago is coming off a 122-110 win at home over the Grizzlies before the break but the Bulls are far from a playoff contender. Chicago is 14-44 on the season, 8-20 on the road, 25-32-1 against the spread and 32-25-1 with the under.
The Bulls are one of the worst offenses in the NBA, averaging just 103.2 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent as a team. Defensively, the Bulls are giving up 111.6 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 46.7 percent against them. Zach LaVine is leading the team with 23 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while Otto Porter Jr. is averaging 22.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game since joining the team.
Magic on fire
Orlando was one of the hottest teams in the league before the All-Star Break, winning and covering the spread in five straight. The Magic are 27-32 on the season, 14-15 at home, 32-26-1 against the spread and 32-27 with the under.
The Magic have been one of the better defensive teams in the NBA, allowing just 106.9 points per game while holding opponents to 45.5 percent shooting. Offensively, Orlando is putting up 105.8 points per game while shooting 45 percent as a team. Nikola Vucevic is leading the team with 20.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game while Aaron Gordon is adding 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Bulls are 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games but just 2-8 ATS in their last 20 following a win.
The Magic have covered the spread in four straight road games and in five straight conference games.
The Magic have put themselves in playoff contention with their recent win streak, as they sit just ½ a game out of eighth in the East. They have to take care of business tonight against a weak Chicago team. The Orlando defense should be able to hold down this Bulls offense and I expect the Magic to see a slight uptick in offense against the Chicago defense. Go with the Magic at home minus the points.
NBA Prediction: Orlando Magic -8