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Chicago BullsOrlando Magic
March 4, 7:00 PM | Amway Center

Chicago Bulls vs Orlando Magic Odds

41-18TEAM RECORD40-22

The Magic hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Friday as the Bulls pay a visit to Amway Center in NBA betting action.

Supporters of the Bulls have seen them go 41-18 and 36-22-1 ATS so far this season, while the Magic are at 40-22 and 28-32-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Magic are 25-33-4, while the Bulls are 23-36.

View Chicago vs Orlando Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Magic as 2.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 187.5, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 4-rated Magic and the No. 3-rated Bulls in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 104-102 win for the Magic on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Orlando's No. 11-ranked offense (100.3 PPG) against a Bulls defense that ranks No. 2 at 92.1 PPG. The Magic have averaged 46.3% from the field per game, more than the Bulls have managed so far this season (46% on average).

Defensively, the Bulls feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 94.4 points per game. Orlando, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.

The Bulls were an 83-80 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Hawks. They failed to cover the 4–point spread as favorites, while the total score (163) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Bulls endured an 83-80 loss at the hands of the Hawks on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from Luol Deng at Philips Arena.

Orlando won its last outing, a 99-96 result against the Heat on March 3. The Magic covered in that game as a 5-point underdog, while the 195 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Magic grabbed a 99-96 win over the Heat on Thursday, behind a 24-point effort from Jason Richardson at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Portland are 4-6
After playing Miami are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Bulls at Magic trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
Chicago is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Orlando is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
Orlando is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Orlando is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Chicago at Miami, Sunday, March 6
Orlando home to Portland, Monday, March 7

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