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Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic - 12/21/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Orlando Magic (14-16) at Chicago Bulls (7-25)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Chicago Bulls +2.5 -- Over/Under: 204
TV Channel
NBCH, FSFL
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NBA | Orlando Magic (14-16) at Chicago Bulls (7-25)
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The Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls meet Friday in NBA action at the United Center.

The Orlando Magic look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 103.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.6 points and 11.7 rebounds while Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last six road games.

The Chicago Bulls could also use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 100.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 23.8 points and 4.8 assists while Jabari Parker is averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds. Lauri Markkanen is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Holiday is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls have lost five of their last six home games.

The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Bulls are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The underdog is 21-9 ATS in the last 30 meetings. The under is 19-7-1 in Bulls last 27 overall. The under is 4-1 in Magic last 5 overall.

The Chicago Bulls have won five of the last six meetings against the Orlando Magic, but they're watching players drop like flies due to injuries and are being outscored by 9.7 points at home on average. The Orlando Magic have been able to tread water due to an improving defense, and they're an impressive 9-4 ATS this season on the road. Backing the Bulls is hard to due these days with so many key players on the injury list. I'll lay the bucket with the Magic on the road.

Pick:
Orlando Magic -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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