The Orlando Magic (6-5) travel to face off against the Chicago Bulls (4-8) on Friday, November 17th. This game will be played at United Center in United Center and televised on NBCS. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bulls are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bulls. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
The Magic Are Coming Off A Win
The Magic’s most recent game versus the Bulls saw Paolo Banchero lead the Magic with 17 points while shooting 4/12 from the field. As the Magic secured the victory with a final score of 96-94, Cole Anthony also chipped in with 16 points.
Facing the Bulls today, the Magic look to maintain their record above .500, which currently stands at 6-5. The team is presently 8th in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the Southeast division.
Presently, Orlando boasts an ATS record of 8-3, which is above .500 against the spread. Currently, the Magic have a three game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 5-3 against the spread as underdogs.
The Bulls Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Bulls lost to the Magic with a final score of 96-94. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Bulls also couldn’t meet the spread, coming up short as -2 point favorites. Regarding the over/under, the combined score of 190 points ended up below the over/under line of 215.5.
Getting ready to face the Magic, the Bulls hold an overall record of 4-8 and need a win to break their two game losing streak. During their 12 games, the Bulls have gone 3-4 against teams in the Eastern Conference and 1-4 in non-conference matchups.
Chicago comes in with an overall ATS record of 5-7 so far this season. The Bulls currently have a two game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 2-5 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Magic Offense Breakdown
This season, the Orlando offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 108.3 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.3 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 20.7 made free-throws per game.
Bulls Offense Breakdown
Through 12 games the Bulls are averaging 108.5 points per contest, placing them 27th in the NBA. So far, the Bulls are averaging 97.5 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Chicago is just 13th in shots made inside the arc.
Magic Team Defense
This season, the Magic defense has been impressive, holding the 6th position in the league while permitting an average of 106.6 points per contest.
Inside the arc, the Magic defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.4% and 34.9% from three-point territory.
Bulls Team Defense
At present, the Bulls’ defense is ranked 15th, allowing 112.2 points per game.
On two point field goal attempts, the Bulls’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 54.8% and allowing 36.7% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Magic And Bulls
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Franz Wagner as the primary point contributor for the Magic, finishing with 14 points while maintaining a 5/12 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 18.3 points per game, along with 5.6 rebounds.
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. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 43.4%, and he is contributing 21.2 points per game on average.
Magic vs Bulls Trends
- The Magic are 2-1 ATS in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
- Across their three previous home games, Chicago has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 105 points per game.
- Orlando has done well both straight up and vs the spread as the underdog, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in their last three games.
- As the betting favorite, the Bulls have an ATS mark of just 2-3 in their last five games. Chicago posted a straight up mark of 2-3 in these matchups.
Not only do we have the Bulls winning this one by a score of 109-104, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Bulls at -1.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 215.5 and our model has the Magic and Bulls finishing with a combined 213 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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