Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic - 12/16/13
Orlando Magic (7-16) at Chicago Bulls (9-13)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -7 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls host the Orlando Magic on Monday night from the United Center.
Head to head, the Magic are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Chicago while the road team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings. The Bulls are 18-38 ATS in their last 56 home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Magic on the other hand are 11-27-1 ATS in their last 39 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Monday games.
Just how bad have the Chicago Bulls been at home since their 107-87 win over the riegning champion Miami Heat at the start of the month. Well, they have dropped three straight to Detroit, Milwaukee and Toronto by an average of 14.3 points. Just let that sink in for a second. Where not talking about losing to San Antonio or Oklahoma City here, we are talking about the bottom teams in the Eastern Conference. Everyone knows about the injuries, but saying this team has struggled on offense lately would be a massive understatement as they have failed to score over 78 points in four of their last five games. Again, just think about that for a second. They have been held in the 70's in almost all of their games since that win over the Heat.
The Orlando Magic haven't been much better as they come into tonight's game having lost eight of their past nine. This young squad just can't get anything going away from home as they have dropped 10 of their first 12 road games of the season. Orlando is also coming off a defeat in Oklahoma City just last night, but it was one of their better showings of the season as they outscored the home team 27-18 in the final quarter to narrowly go down 101-98.
This one is easy if you ask me. There is no way I'm taking the Bulls here given that this team struggles to even score in the 80's these days. Chicago is coming off a 22-point home loss to the lowly Toronto Raptors for crying out loud. Now you would expect a better performace from the Bulls tonight, but no way should they be favorites by more than anything over three points at the moment. Orlando does have some talent and I like the fact that Tobias Harris has had a chance to work some rust off against Charlotte and then last night against the Thunder...
Dan’s Pick: Orlando +7
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