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Magic road dogs at Chicago

United Center will feature a top Eastern Conference clash as the Bulls host the Magic Thursday in NBA odds action.

Orlando comes in as 6-point underdogs, but the road team is 5-2 SU in the past 7 meetings between these teams. Also of note, given Chicago's tough defense and rebounding, the UNDER is 6-1 the past 7 times they have met.

For moneyline bettors, the Bulls have won four straight vs Orlando and have Derrick Rose back in top form.

View Orlando vs Chicago Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had the Bulls installed as 7.5-point favorites in this particular matchup but the point spread moved quickly at TopBet and other toop sportsbooks. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks at 183.5, including Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulls sit at No. 1 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Magic are at No. 12 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Bulls will win this game 102-95.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Chicago's No. 1-rated squad against Orlando's No. 9-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Chicago rates No. 18 in the league with 6.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 with 10.3 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Magic own the league's No. 3-rated mark, allowing 90.8 points per game when on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 21 in home scoring.

The Magic were a 100-84 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites, while the total score (184) made winners of UNDER bettors. Dwight Howard scored 15 points in a failed effort to lead the Magic to victory (they lost 100-84 to Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday).

The Bulls were a 106-104 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (210) made winners of OVER bettors. The Bulls got a 30-point performance from Derrick Rose as Chicago handed Milwaukee a 106-104 defeat on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana are 4-6
After playing Charlotte are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Utah are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

 

A few Magic at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 7 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Orlando's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Orlando's last 17 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Orlando is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Orlando
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando

Next up:
Orlando home to Indiana, Sunday, March 11
Chicago home to Utah, Saturday, March 10

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