Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic - 3/12/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Chicago Bulls (22-43) at Orlando Magic (30-35)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -7.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic meet Thursday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The Chicago Bulls need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Bulls are averaging 106.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Zach LaVine is averaging 25.5 points and 4.8 rebounds while Lauri Markkanen is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Cody White is the third double-digit scorer and Wendell Carter Jr. is grabbing 9.4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.5 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Bulls are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game. The Chicago Bulls haven’t won a road game since January 25.
The Orlando Magic need a win after splitting their last six games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 106.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.5 points and 11 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Terrence Ross is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last six home games.
The Bulls are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 games playing on 1 days rest. The Magic are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 overall. The over is 5-0 in Magic last 5 home games. The under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Orlando and 20-6 in the last 26 meetings.
We've made a lot of money this season fading the Chicago Bulls, as the amount of injuries they have and the constant blowouts have made them easy to bet against. The problem is the Orlando Magic aren't world beaters and aren't a team I'm running to the window to lay big chalk with. The Magic look like a different team nightly, and they're just 11-19-1 against the spread at home this season. If forced to pick this game, I'd side with the Bulls and the points.