Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic - 3/2/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (30-28) at Orlando Magic (26-32)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -3 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls and the Orlando Magic do battle tonight at the Amway Center.
The Bulls have lost eight of their last 11 games and will be looking to snap a three-game skid after losing at Miami by 129-111 on Tuesday. Derrick Rose returned from a three-game absence to lead the team with 17 points, Aaron Brooks added 16 points while Pau Gasol had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists but the Bulls were uncharacteristically poor on defense, allowing the Heat to shoot a franchise-best 67.5 percent from the field. With the loss, Chicago slips out of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference standings with an overall record of 30-29.
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Meanwhile, the Magic have lost four of their last six games and were beaten by 121-108 at Dallas last night. Ersan Ilyasova led the scoring with 22 points off the bench, Nikola Vucevic added 18 points while Elfrid Payton had 12, but the Magic just couldn't keep the pace with the Mavericks who shot 55.8 percent from the field. The Magic really needed more from Victor Oladipo who scored just six points after pouring in 28 points on Sunday, so expect him to bounce back tonight.
In ATS trends, the Bulls are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games playing on zero days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Magic are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Orlando and 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
You couldn't back either team with much confidence in this game but I'm expecting the Bulls to bounce back after their terrible performance on defense last night.