Chicago Bulls (24-51) at Orlando Magic (22-52)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -6.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic meet Friday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The Chicago Bulls could use a win here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 103.1 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 16.7 points and three assists while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. Kris Dunn is the third double-digit scorer and Bobby Portis is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost four straight road games.
The Orlando Magic could also use a win here after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 104.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.2 points and 8.4 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 17.8 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.3 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last eight home games.
The Bulls are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Magic are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Friday games, 9-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulls are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Orlando, 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
Betting this time of year in games where neither team has nothing to play for is risky, especially when laying decent sized chalk. However, the Chicago Bulls have done a better job recently of tanking than the Orlando Magic, and they're on the end of a back to back. The Bulls have lost six straight games by double digits and have covered just three of their last 14 road games. I wouldn't bet this game personally, but if forced to pick, I'd lay the chalk with the Magic at home.