Magic vs. Bulls - 2/8/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Bulls (31-20) at Orlando Magic (16-37)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +6.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSFL
The Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic square off Sunday afternoon at the Amway Center.
The Chicago Bulls have split their last eight games and end a six-game road trip. On the season, the Bulls are averaging 101.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 99.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.6 points and six rebounds while Derrick Rose is averaging 18.7 points and 4.8 assists. Pau Gasol is grabbing 12 rebounds and Aaron Brooks is dishing 2.8 assists. The Chicago Bulls are coming off a win over the Pelicans in which they shot 51.2 percent from the field and made 10 threes. The Bulls have won five of their last six games when topping 100 points, and they’re shooting just 27.3 percent from deep in their last five games. Mike Dunleavy is doubtful for this game with an ankle injury.
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The Orlando Magic have lost 10 of their last 11 games and are still looking for a head coach. On the season, the Magic are averaging 96.1 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 102.2 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.7 points and 11.3 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.8 assists and Evan Fournier is shooting 43.2 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic are playing brutal ball defensively, as they’re allowing 49.6 percent shooting from the field and 45.2 percent from deep in their last five games. The Magic have lost 14 of their last 16 games when allowing 100-plus points.
The Bulls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Bulls are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 24-9 ATS in the last 33 meetings.
The Magic are terrible on their home court and the off the court isses with no head coach aren't going to make anything better. I'll take the Bulls and the chalk here.