Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic - 11/4/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (0-3) at Chicago Bulls (2-1)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -12.5 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls hope to have Derrick Rose on the court tonight when they take on the Orlando Magic.
Even with two key players in Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson in street clothes, the Chicago Bulls were able to bounce back from a tough loss at Cleveland to beat on Friday to beat the Timberwolves on Saturday. Pau Gasol led the way with 20 points while Aaron Brooks provided the scoring off the bench with 16, but it was actually Jimmy Butler who led the scoring with 24 points in just his first game of the season after sitting out the first two outings with a wrist injury. The good news is, the Bulls are about to get real healthy, real soon as both Rose and Gibson are expected to return to the lineup tonight.
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Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have lost all of their three games this season and are coming off a 108-95 home loss against the Raptors. Despite having all five starters finish in double digits in scoring, including 18 points from Evan Fournier, the Magic just couldn't keep with the Raptors who outscored them by 59-43 in the second half. Defensively, the Magic did a decent job of limiting the Raptors to below 40 percent shooting, but forced just seven turnovers and sent them to the line 48 times to their 24.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on two days rest and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, while the Magic are 4-22-2 ATS in their last 28 road games and 0-3 ATS so far this season.
Head to head, the Magic are actually a dominant 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings in Chicago and 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings overall.
Even with the big number it won't help the Magic cover here.