Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic - 1/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (13-27) at Chicago Bulls (26-12)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic travel to the United Center to take on the Chicago Bulls tonight.
The Orlando Magic have now lost six straight overall and three straght on the road after falling to the Trailblazers by 103-92 on Saturday. On a rough shooting night, the Magic did a nice job of staying competitive until the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 31-22. Nikola Vucevic poured in 34 points and 16 rebounds while Victor Oladipo added 18 points, but no other player finished in double digits as the Magic shot just 40 percent from the field and three of 21 from the three against Blazers. With the loss, Orlando drops to 13-27 overall and 9-15 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls were able to snap a two-game skid and win their fourth game in their last six outings with a 95-87 win over the Bucks on Saturday. Kirk Hinrich scored 16 points but no other Bulls player finished in double digits except for Pau Gasol who exploded for a career-high 46 points and 18 rebounds which were all valuable stats as the Bulls, for the third straight game shot around the 40 percent mark for the game as they continue to struggle without Derrick Rose and Mike Dunleavy whose statuses for tonight are still up in the air.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last five road agmes and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss, while the Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the Magic are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Chicago.
These teams last met on Nov. 4 and it was the Bulls who won by 98-90 on the back of 21 points from Jimmy Butler and I'm expecting a simliar result in this one. However, the line for this game isn't out yet so please check back before tipoff for my free pick.