Magic at Bulls - 11/1/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (0-2) at Chicago Bulls (2-1)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Bulls -8.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, WGN
The Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls square off Sunday night at the United Center.
The Orlando Magic are still looking for their first win after two tough losses. The Orlando Magic are averaging 111.5 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 22.5 points and eight rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is dishing 6.5 assists and Nikola Vucevic is grabbing seven rebounds. The Orlando Magic lost to the Wizards on the last shot of the game and lost to the Thunder in double-overtime. The Magic are allowing just 27.3 percent shooting from deep and are getting 75.8 percent of their points from their starters. Two of the Magic’s last three victories have come on the road.
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The Chicago Bulls look to get off to a fast 3-1 start with their second home victory. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 102 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 97.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Nikola Mirotic is averaging 19.7 points and eight rebounds. Derrick Rose is dishing 4.7 assists and Pau Gasol is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 22.7 percent shooting from deep and have won seven of their last 10 when allowing less than 100 points. The Bulls continue to play with that defensive energy even with a new coaching staff under Fred Hoiberg. The Bulls have won eight straight regular season home games.
The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Magic are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.
I liked the Magic before the season, and you have to be impressed with what they've done so far, taking two playoff teams down to the wire. I'm going to keep backing this Orlando squad.