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Bulls vs Magic NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic
- Where: Orlando at Amway Center
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds ORL +3.5, CHI -146 | ORL +122 O/U 231.5
So far, the Bulls have put together an overall record of 22-26, while going 25-23-0 vs the spread. Over the Bulls current 2 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -10.5 points per game.
In their previous game, the Bulls were favored to win vs the Hornets. However, their 111-96 loss, gave them both a straight up and ATS loss. Chicago missed out on an opportunity to add a win to their resume, as they held a 8 point lead going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was DeMar DeRozan, as he contributed 28 points while hitting 42.9% of his shots.
The Magic come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 19-30. So far, the team has gone 28-20-1 against the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Magic are averaging 114 points per game while allowing 109. This has led to a record of 2-1.
The Magic will be looking to bounce back from a 110-105 loss to the Heat. In terms of betting, Orlando entered as 9 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Orlando went on to lose the game despite leading by 9 heading into halftime. In the loss, Paolo Banchero led the team in scoring with 19 points on a field goal percentage of 28.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Bulls averaged 111.5 points per game vs the Magic. Similar to the Bulls, the Magic scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Chicago, the team averaged 103.75 points per game. When looking at how these teams have performed vs the spread in recent matchups, the Magic have an ATS mark of 3-2. Yet, the Bulls have averaged more points per game in these contests, at 110 compared to Orlando at 110. Chicago and Orlando averaged a combined 214 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 48 games, the Bulls are averaging 114.2 points per contest, placing them 16th in the NBA. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bulls are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100.3 per contest. Although the Bulls have a current effective field goal percentage of 54.7%, their below average pace of play is a key factor behind their mediocre scoring numbers.
Currently, the Bulls defense is ranked 17th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
This season, the Bulls offense has primarily worked through DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 45 games, DeRozan is 17th in the NBA at 26.3 points per game. So far, him and LaVine have accounted for 42% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 49.900000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Zach LaVine is grabbing 4.7 rebounds for Chicago to go along with 4.2 assists.
For the season, the Magic offensive unit is ranked just 27th in scoring at 111.1 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.0 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 3rd, with an average of 20.1 made free-throws per game.
On defense, the Magic will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 20th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Magic offense has primarily worked through Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 48 games, Wagner is 55th in the NBA at 20.2 points per game. So far, him and Banchero have accounted for 36% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 40.9 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Paolo Banchero is grabbing 6.3 rebounds for Orlando to go along with 3.7 assists.
Bulls vs Magic Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bulls -3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 231.5