Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/15/14
Chicago Bulls (17-19) at Orlando Magic (10-28)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +5.5 -- Over/Under: 180.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls head to Orlando on Wednesday to face off against the Magic.
The Orlando Magic are struggling again this season, despite the fact that the Magic got off to a decent start to the year. The Magic are currently 10-28 on the year, and on their home floor, the Magic are just 7-11 this season. There is obviously a ton of holes in the Magic’s game and their roster, but Orlando, despite still having a losing record at home is playing better on their home floor this season, and in the NBA that’s a sign of improvement. The Magic however have dropped eight straight heading into this meeting, but this is a winnable game against the Bulls and would be a nice boost for this team.
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The Chicago Bulls are sitting two games below the .500 mark currently, but with the Bulls being in the East, Chicago is still in the playoff hunt. The Bulls are struggling on the road this season however, going just 6-11 overall away from the United Center. Chicago dropped their last outing on Monday against the Wizards, but the Bulls have been playing better as of late, winning five out of their last six. Chicago has no shot of catching the Pacers atop the Central, and even though the Eastern Conference playoffs will be a joke until they get to the Finals with the Heat and the Pacers, the Bulls still have something to shoot for currently.
The Bulls are 4-0 against the spread following an outright loss, and Chicago is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games on the road. The Bulls are not only getting wins, but Chicago is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games.
The Magic are 0-7 against the spread in their last seven games following an outright loss, and the Magic are 0-8 against the spread in their last eight games overall. The magic are also 0-7 against the spread in their last eight games when playing on no rest.
I don't really like this game at all, as I don't see a strong angle on either side. For my free pick I 'll take the under with the Bulls and their defense, but personally I am staying away from this one.