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Chicago favored by -7 against Orlando on Monday

Orlando MagicChicago Bulls
7-17December 16, 2013, 08:00 | United Center9-13

The Bulls will try to cover the spread at United Center on Monday when they get a visit from the Magic in basketball action.

Chicago battles the Magic, currently with a 7-17 mark (12-11-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 9-13 for the Bulls and 11-13 for the Magic. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Those backing the visitors in this one found the Magic listed as 7-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 187 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bulls at No. 20 and the Magic at No. 27 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 88-85 result in favor of the Bulls.

Orlando was a 101-98 loser in its last match on the road against the Thunder. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 199 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Orlando got 25 points from Arron Afflalo en route to a 101-98 loss against Oklahoma City on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 99-77 loser as they battled the Raptors at home. The Bulls failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 176 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chicago was run off the court by the Raptors on Saturday as Toronto blasted them 99-77 at United Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Magic rank No. 21 in the league with 41.83 per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 4 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Chicago is the NBA’s No. 28-ranked team at 5.32 per game, while the Magic rate No. 15 with 7.67 per contest.

Next up:
Orlando home to Utah, Wednesday, December 18th
Chicago at Houston, Wednesday, December 18th