Check out our free Magic vs Bulls pick and preview for this NBA game in Chicago. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Magic vs Bulls NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls
- Where: Chicago at United Center
- Date: Monday, February 13th
- Betting Odds CHI -5, ORL +171 | CHI -207 O/U 226.5
So far, the Magic have put together an overall record of 23-34, while going 32-24-1 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
Orlando is trying to bounce back from a 107-103 loss to the Heat. Going into this game, the team was 1 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Orlando let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Markelle Fultz, as he contributed 17 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
The Bulls come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 26-30. So far, the team has gone 29-27-0 against the spread. Chicago will take the court having lost 3 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -11.33 points per game.
Not only did the Bulls drop their last game to the Cavaliers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 97-89 as 6 point underdogs. Chicago went on to lose the game despite leading by 9 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Zach LaVine, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Magic picked up the win 108-107 win over the Bulls. Heading into the game, Orlando was the 8.0 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. So far, the two team’s have split their season series, with each team at 1-1. Similar to their season-long average, the Magic averaged 103.75 points per game vs the Bulls. Similar to the Magic, the Bulls scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Orlando, the team averaged 111.5 points per game. Although the Magic have the better ATS mark across the previous 5 head-head matchups at 3-2, the average scoring margin sits in favor of Chicago, as they averaged 111 points per game while allowing 108. In these contests, they averaged a combined 219 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 57 games, the Magic are averaging 111.1 points per contest, placing them 27th in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.7 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 4th, with an average of 20.1 made free-throws per game.
Currently, the Magic defense is ranked 20th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.23 points per game vs the unit.
Small-Forward Franz Wagner currently leads the Magic at 19.1 points per game. For the season, he is 87th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Wagner is averaging 4.0 boards and 3.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 29th ranked defense at defending small-forwards. Paolo Banchero enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 50 games, he is averaging 20.0 and is 156th in the league in player efficiency rating.
The Bulls come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 113.7 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.4 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Chicago offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 18th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
On defense, the Bulls will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 17th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
On offense, DeMar DeRozan leads the Bulls in scoring at 25.5 points per game, placing him 18th in the NBA. Overall, DeRozan has hit 50.9% of his shots while accounting for 20.7% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 24th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 23.8 points per game, Zach LaVine is the 2nd leading scorer for the Bulls. For the season, he is 85th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.9%.
Magic vs Bulls Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Magic +5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 226.5