The Bulls will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Magic tip off at United Center on Tuesday in NBA play.
Orlando is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Chicago but they come in as big underdogs here. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
For NBA totals bettors, an interesting tidbit - the total has gone UNDER in 7 of Orlando's last 9 games when playing Chicago.
For bettors going with the Bulls in this one, they were listed earlier as 9-point favorites on the betting line at . Totals bettors have seen that number set at 183 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes but was bet quickly up to 187.5.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulls - Magic odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 1 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Magic sit at No. 13. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 113-105 win for the Magic.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 18-ranked offense (96.7 PPG) against a Magic defense that ranks No. 5 at 91.5 PPG. The Bulls have averaged 44.9% from the field per game, less than the Magic have managed so far this season (48.9% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Magic own the league's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 0 points per game when playing on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 26 in scoring on their home court.
Last time out for Orlando, they were a 115-94 winner as they battled the Suns at home. The Magic covered in the match as a 1-point favorite, while 209 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Magic blew out Phoenix on Sunday, running up the score in a 115-94 win at Amway Center.
In their last action, Chicago was an 89-82 loser at home against the Hornets. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (171) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Chicago suffered an 89-82 loss against New Orleans on Saturday, getting 19 points from Luol Deng in a losing effort at United Center.
Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Phoenix are 8-2
After a win are 5-5
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing New Orleans are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3
A few Magic at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Orlando's last 9 games when playing Chicago
Orlando is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Orlando's last 18 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 7 games
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chicago's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing Orlando
Orlando at Minnesota, Wednesday, November 7
Chicago home to Oklahoma City, Thursday, November 8