Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls odds, picks and prediction

The Orlando Magic (11-40) bring their league-worst record into Tuesday’s road contest against the Chicago Bulls (31-18), trying to win their 12th game of the season and actually their third straight. Tip-off from United Center is at 8 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Magic vs. Bulls odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.

The Magic are 3-1 in their last four games, beating the Bulls, Pistons and Mavericks in the last 10 days. Their loss in that stretch came to the Clippers, who claimed a 111-102 victory in Orlando. The Magic rank 28th in scoring (102.5 points per game) and 28th in field-goal percentage (43.2%), shooting an unimpressive 32.7% from 3-point range. PG Cole Anthony leads the team in scoring with 17.8 PPG, while C Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging a double-double (13.3 PPG, 10.1 RPG).

The Bulls are coming off a 130-116 win over the Trail Blazers Sunday, tying their fifth-most points scored in a game this season. Like the Magic, the Bulls are also 3-1 in their last four games, beating the Raptors and Thunder in addition to the Blazers, but losing to the Spurs 131-122 Friday. The Bulls are led by SF DeMar DeRozan, who’s averaging 26.4 PPG. SG Zach LaVine is putting up 24.9 PPG and sinks 2.9 3-pointers per game.

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Magic at Bulls odds, spread and lines

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Money line: Magic +310 (bet $100 to win $310) | Bulls -410 (bet $410 to win $100)
Against the spread (ATS): Magic +8.5 (-107) | Bulls -8.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 221.5 (O: -120 | U: -105)

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Magic at Bulls key injuries

Magic

PG R.J. Hampton (knee) out

Bulls

PG Lonzo Ball (knee) out
SG Alex Caruso (wrist) out
SF Javonte Green (ankle) probable
SF Derrick Jones Jr. (finger) out

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Magic at Bulls odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Bulls 117, Magic 107

Money line

PASS.

The Magic have won their last two games, but it might be time to sell high on them against a solid, but injured Bulls team. Chicago should win this game at home despite their recent rash of injuries as it shoots for a fourth win in the last five games.

I’m not going to lay a bet on the money line, though, because -410 is too rich to warrant a wager.

Against the spread

BET BULLS -8.5 (-115) to cover the spread and win comfortably.

The 8.5 points is the most Chicago has been favored by in any of its last 10 games. In the Bulls’ last four home games, they covered the spread three times, while Orlando is just 2-2 ATS on the road in its last four games.

Over/Under

OVER 221.5 (-120) is the way to go.

There hasn’t been an obvious trend on the Over/Under for the Bulls or Magic this season, but in their last 10 games, the Over is 6-3-1 for each team.

The total went Over in each of their last two games, including four of the last six for the Magic.

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Author: Naomi Berry