Chicago vs Orlando NBA Betting Pick

Posted by Eric Williams on March 1, 2016 in

With the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic both struggling to find the consistency they’re looking for, Pro Basketball Odds fans everywhere need to know which team they should back when thee two Eastern Conference ball clubs square off on Wednesday night. Let’s find out now!

How To Bet The Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic NBA Odds & TV Info

When: Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 PM  ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Radio: ESPN580Orlando
TV Stream: FoxSportsGo

Why Bet The Chicago Bulls

Heading into Tuesday night’s match up against the Miami Heat, Chicago (30-28 SU, 23-25 ATS) had lost two straight in falling to Portland 103-95 and Atlanta 103-88 while failing to cover the spread both times. The good news for the Bulls is that both, Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott have showed up in a big way with both players averaging an identical 19.0 points per game over the two-game stretch.

Gasol had a triple-double against the Blazers the last time out and McDermott has scored in double-figures in a career high five straight games. “He and [Gasol] have really developed a great chemistry,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Pau is such a great passer and Doug can cut and move. Having [Dunleavy] out there with Doug also helps him a lot.”

The bad news is that Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler have both missed the last two contests. Not only that, but Chicago is also just 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games against teams from the Southeast division and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.

Why Bet The Orlando Magic

Heading into Tuesday night’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, Orlando (26-32 SU, 32-25 ATS) managed to snap a modest two-game skid by beating Philadelphia 130-116 on Sunday to cash in as a 9-point home favorite. Prior to that win however, Orlando had dropped two straight and three of its previous four games.

Against the Sixers, the Magic got out to an early first half lead and held on as Philly mounted a second half comeback try. Nikola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo each scored 28 points while high-flying Aaron Gordon added 21 points and a highlight reel jam that ended Philadelphia’s last charge. “I have the tools to be a 20-point-per-game scorer in this league,” Gordon said. “We’re getting better as a team. And I’m getting better as a player. The more I play, the more I’m soaking it all in.”

The Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against their Eastern Conference counterparts.

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Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

The Bulls and Magic have nearly identical offensive and defensive scoring figures with a mind-boggling 1.0 point separating them on both sides of the ball. With that said, I like the Orlando Magic to get the ATS cover as a likely slight home underdog.

The Bulls are a dismal 1-4 ATS in the last five road games against Orlando and 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings overall. Conversely, the Magic are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the underdog in this series is 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings.

I love Orlando’s young roster that features Gordon, Mario Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Vucevic and Oladipo and I believe their recent additions of veterans Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova.

My final score prediction: Orlando 101 Chicago 97