The Orlando Magic (5-5) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (4-7) on Wednesday, November 15th. This game will be played at United Center in United Center and televised on NBCS. Both the Magic and Bulls will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Magic vs Bulls
The Magic Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Magic lost to the Nets with a final score of 124-104. At the beginning of the second half, the Magic were leading 60-57.
Heading into their matchup with the Bulls, the Magic have an opportunity to move above .500, as they are currently 5-5. The Eastern Conference sees the Magic currently at 8th, and in the Southeast division, they are 3rd.
Orlando has an ATS record above .500, currently standing at 7-3 against the spread. Orlando has gone 3-0 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 4-3 when playing as underdogs.
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Bulls fell to the Bucks by a score of 118-109. While the Bulls lost the game straight-up, they did manage to cover the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 227 points ended up below the over/under line of 231.5.
So far this season, the Bulls has a record of 4-7, as they look to get closer to the .500 mark vs. the Magic. Away from their home court, the Bulls have a 1-4 record this season, in contrast to their 3-3 record at home.
Chicago arrives with an ATS record of 5-6 for the season up to this point. This season, Chicago has a 2-4 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 3-2 as underdogs.
Magic Offense Breakdown
Through 10 games the Magic are averaging 109.5 points per contest, placing them 26th in the NBA. So far, the Magic are averaging 99 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 28th in made shots per game.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Chicago has recorded an average of 109.8 points per game (24th) throughout 11 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Bulls will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.2 made 3’s per game. If Chicago continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 27th in the league in possessions per game.
Magic Team Defense
At this time, the Magic’s defense is positioned 6th in the NBA, permitting 107.9 points per game.
In their previous game, the Magic’s defense struggled against the Nets, giving up 124 points on a field goal percentage of 43%.
Bulls Team Defense
So far, the Bulls’ defense is ranked 16th in the league at 113.7 points per contest.
The Bulls defense is coming off a game in which they held the Bucks offense to just 38% shooting. Overall, they gave up 118 points to Milwaukee.
Key Players For The Magic And Bulls
In today’s game, our projections have Paolo Banchero leading the Magic with 15 points on 5/10 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 18.9 points per game along with 6.8 boards.
As for Chicago, DeMar DeRozan is projected to be the primary scorer for the Bulls. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 19, and adding 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 43.4% and is averaging 21.2 points per contest.
Magic vs Bulls Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Magic offense has averaged 104 points per game while allowing an average of 111. Orlando posted an overall record of 3-7 while going 6-4 ATS.
- In their last three games at home, the Bulls have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 105 points per game in this stretch.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Magic have a straight up record of 2-8. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-5.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Bulls have a straight up record of 6-4 and an ATS mark of 5-5.
Not only do we have the Bulls winning this one by a score of 110-104, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Bulls at -2.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 215.5, and our model predicts the Magic and Bulls to score a combined 214 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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