Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic - 4/14/14
Orlando Magic (23-56) at Chicago Bulls (47-32)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -12 -- Over/Under: 185 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, CSNC
The Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls will play for the third and final time this season on Monday. The series is split.
The Magic have lost five of their last seven games and have won only five games since the beginning of March. On the season, the Magic average 96.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allow 101.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting. While the Magic are one of the worst offensive teams in the NBA, they have won three straight games when scoring 100-plus points. Jameer Nelson is questionable for this matchup with a groin injury. The Orlando Magic are 33-43-3 ATS overall and 12-25-2 ATS on the road.
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The Bulls are still competing with the Toronto Raptors for the third seed in the East and just had their seven-game winning streak snapped on Sunday against the New York Knicks. On the season, the Bulls average 93.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allow 91.7 points on 43 percent shooting. The Bulls have allowed only two of their last 15 opponents to score 100 or more points. Joakim Noah has posted a double-double in six of his last seven games. The Chicago Bulls are 40-38-1 ATS overall and 20-20 ATS at home.
The Magic are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-20-2 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest. The Magic are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Chicago and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
While the Magic have been brutal ATS on the road, asking the Bulls to win by double digits is simply too much. Chicago doesn't score enough to blow a team out and is 2-4 ATS this season when favored by double digits.
Take the Magic and the points.