Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic - 2/5/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Orlando Magic (8-14) vs Chicago Bulls (8-12)
Game Info: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
Betting Odds: Orlando Magic +2 -- Over/Under: 221 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Chicago Bulls invade the Amway Center to do battle with the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
The Chicago Bulls have been in a slump lately as they’ve lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling short to the Knicks in a 107-103 home loss on Wednesday. Zach LaVine led the team with 24 points and seven assists on 10 of 21 shooting, Thaddeus Young added 19 points and five steals off the bench while Coby White and Danzel Valentine each scored 13 points. As a team, the Bulls shot 48 percent from the field and just six of 36 from the 3-point line as they trailed by as many as 19 points, before going on a ferocious rally that would come up just short.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in a major slump as they’ve lost 12 of their past 14 games and they will be hoping to snap a four-game skid after getting routed by the Raptors in a 123-108 home loss on Tuesday. Nikola Vucevic led the team with 21 points, 18 rebounds and four assists, Evan Fournier added 21 points while Cole Anthony chipped in with 16 points on seven of 12 shooting. As a team, the Magic shot 46 percent from the field and 14 of 38 from the 3-point line as they hung in the tight contest until the third quarter where they fell behind by double digits thanks largely to the Raptors’ Fred VanVleet who torched them for 54 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Magic are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the under is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings overall and the under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Orlando.
The Magic have been in terrible form lately as they’ve hardly won over the past couple of weeks and the Bulls haven’t been much better as they’ve lost four of their last five. The Magic are just 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Bulls are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games. It’s hard to split these two struggling teams, but the Bulls look slightly better with LaVine having a breakout season and that’s where I’m leaning here. Give me the Bulls in a close one.