NBA odds preview - Magic vs. Bulls
Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls Odds
Chicago looks to cover the Bulls-Magic pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 41-33 mark when they host Orlando in NBA action.
Chicago will face the 19-57 Magic, who own a 35-41 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bulls are 33-41 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Magic are 41-34-1 favoring the OVER.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 10-rated Bulls and the No. 27-ranked Magic, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-88 result in favor of the Bulls.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 92.9 PPG, against a Magic defense that ranks No. 23 at 101.1 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 43.6% so far, less than the Magic shooters have achieved on the year, 44.9% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Magic own the league's No. 16-rated mark, allowing 100.6 points per game when playing on the road. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 30 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Orlando was a 98-84 loser on the road against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (182) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Orlando suffered a 98-84 loss against San Antonio on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Maurice Harkless in a losing effort at AT&T Center.
Chicago won its last outing, a 92-90 result against the Nets on April 4. The Bulls covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 182 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Carlos Boozer scored 29 points and added 18 rebounds for a double-double, leading Chicago over Brooklyn, 92-90, on Thursday at Barclays Center.
Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Cleveland are 6-4
After playing San Antonio are 9-1
After a loss are 1-9
Chicago Bulls Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Detroit are 7-3
After playing Brooklyn are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
A few Magic at Bulls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 6 games when playing Chicago
Orlando is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Orlando is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Orlando is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Chicago
Chicago is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Orlando
Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
Orlando at Cleveland, Sunday, April 7
Chicago at Detroit, Sunday, April 7