Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
The Chicago Bulls (7-25) will welcome the Orlando Magic (14-16) to the Windy City, when the two sides meet on Friday, December 21st, 2018. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 PM and scheduled to be televised on both MSG and WGN. The two teams last met eight days ago in the Sunshine State when the Magic hosted the Bulls. Orlando would defeat Chicago 97-91 to produce a narrow cover as a 5.5-point favorite. The victory ended a four-game losing streak for the Magic against the Bulls.
Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls Overview
The Magic come in off a punishing 129-90 loss at home suffered against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Despite closing as just a three-point underdog, the Spurs dominated the Magic once they took the lead in the first quarter.
Reflecting on what has been a problematic overall campaign for Chi-town, the Bulls enter in poor form as they have lost five of their previous six contests overall. Most recently, the Bulls were defeated at home on Wednesday by the visiting Brooklyn Nets where they fell 96-93 as a 1.5-point underdog. The Bulls have produced a matching 1-5 ATS record over this six-game span.
Reasons To Avoid Orlando
The Magic have failed to eclipse the century mark regarding scoring in their previous five games. While Chicago has scoring woes of their own, this is a significant disadvantage for the Magic. Additionally, they own a marginal 6-7 SU road record and could potentially have trouble putting away a team that they should beat with relative ease if their offensive operations are in order. With Center Nic Vucevic listed as questionable for this game, there are way too many question marks surrounding this Magic team as they venture into the Windy City.
Reasons To Back Chicago
The Bulls are hungry for a win. Given their poor play as a whole as of recent, this is a team bound to take back inflated points to garner some action. With all this considered, the Bulls are still priced as a low-range underdog not granted more than a bucket. This resonates strongly with us as Chicago would likely be favored here if they had covered and/or won in a few of the fixtures over their paltry six-game stretch. The number presented invokes the play.
Magic at Bulls Prediction 12/21/2018
Given what appears to be a noticeable difference in quality between these two teams, there is no other rationale as to why Chicago is such a low-priced dog other than the possibility of an upset being at a maximum here. The Bulls in fairness are traditionally a dangerous team on their own court, and they will hone that custom to produce a win against an Orlando team that will continue to struggle to score.