The Orlando Magic will take on the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. ET on Friday at the Amway Center. Orlando is 4-15 overall and 1-7 at home, while Chicago is 12-7 overall and 6-4 on the road. The Magic won the season series 2-1 in 2020-21 and also covered in two of those three contests.
Nikola Vucevic had 43 points and 19 rebounds for the Magic in one of those wins and then was traded to the Bulls midseason. He put up 29 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to the Magic later in the season. Chicago is favored by 9.5 points in the latest Magic vs. Bulls odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 211.5. Before entering any Bulls vs. Magic picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Magic vs. Bulls spread: Bulls -9.5
- Magic vs. Bulls over-under: 211.5 points
What you need to know about the Magic
The Magic took a 106-99 loss at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Center Mo Bamba (18 points), shooting guard Jalen Suggs (17 points), and small forward Franz Wagner (16 points) were the top scorers for Orlando.
The Magic currently rank bottom-five in the NBA in offensive rating (101.9) and defensive rating (111.8), but the franchise certainly isn’t expecting Suggs to shoot 33.0 percent over the course of a full season. They also have capable rim protectors in Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr. Cole Anthony’s emergence has also been a positive development for Orlando as he is averaging 19.6 points, 6.8 rebound and 5.9 assists per game.
What you need to know about the Bulls
As for Chicago, the Bulls were within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap on Wednesday as they fell 118-113 to the Houston Rockets. The top scorer for Chicago was shooting guard Zach LaVine (28 points). LaVine is averaging 26.1 points per game and ranks sixth in the NBA in scoring while DeMar DeRozan ranks seventh and is averaging 25.8 points per game.
That scoring duo gives the Bulls a pair of wing scorers they can use in iso and pick-and-roll for late-game situations, which has helped the Bulls rank fifth in the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring (27.6 ppg). However, the Magic rank first in the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring (28.9), so going to Vucevic in another revenge game to slow things down could be another option for Chicago.
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