Still jockeying for playoff positioning, the Bulls have plenty to play for. Will they be able to get the best of the Magic in Orlando tonight as the NBA odds-on favorites?
Despite being on the road, the Bulls are huge NBA odds favorites for tonight's game, as they're laying as many as eight points at a lot of the major sportsbooks.
Early totals have been released and we see an O/U of 193.5 on the board right now, with plenty of time remaining in the day for the betting odds to shift. SBRodds.com should be your one-stop source for everything you need related to up-to-the-minute lines at all of the major online books. It's a great resource to have at your disposal.
Following a four-game losing streak, the Magic have picked themselves up the ground to win two in a row ahead of tonight's home date with the Bulls. In those wins, they topped Minnesota by 13 on the road and Milwaukee by seven, again on the road, which has their overall record at 24-53.
Against the Bucks, Tobias Harris had a big double double, posting 23 points and 10 rebounds, while also blocking three shots. Nikola Vucevic did a little of everything inside, logging 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon and Willie Green all hit double figures too. Orlando was most impressive defensively though, holding Milwaukee to 90 points on 43.8 percent shooting on their home floor.
The future is certainly bright for this franchise. This season's results have left a lot to be desired in terms of wins and losses, but with terrific young talents like Oladipo, Payton, Vucevic, Harris as well as Gordon, there's reason to be excited if you're a Magic fan. They'll get another high draft pick and that should only help build a strong nucleus for the future.
The Bulls have alternated wins and losses over their last four games, putting them at 46-31 overall on the year. It hasn't been a wildly successful season by any stretch of the imagination, but injuries have plagued this team throughout the season and yet they've still managed to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Chicago was last in action Sunday in a road loss against Cleveland, losing by five. Mike Dunleavy had a 25/5/4 line, Aaron Brooks had a nice game and Nikola Mirotic recorded a double double off the bench in the defeat, with Chicago shooting 44.7 percent overall and 40.7 percent from beyond the arc.
But, the biggest news surrounding the Bulls is the impending return of Derrick Rose, who is currently listed as questionable for tonight's game. He's been out for a while after suffering another knee injury, but it looks like he's close to a return, and that'll be a nice boost for a team that's been starting journeyman Aaron Brooks at the point. If Chicago was ever able to get fully healthy, this team could really do some damage, and maybe that'll actually happen in time for the playoffs.
Motivations are obviously different for these two teams right now, but it's not like the Magic are purposefuly tanking like a lot of the other teams in the league right now.
And, we have a feeling Orlando will be keeping this game competitive throughout, thus making the thought of getting an eight-point cushion all the more appealing.
The Magic are going to be playing their key guys a lot of minutes no matter what, as they look to build for the future, and they come up against a Chicago team that's just four games above .500 on the road this season. Orlando's picked up some momentum by winning two in a row and we think they'll parlay that into a good showing at home tonight. Back the Magic with your NBA picks.
Free NBA Pick: Orlando Magic +8 at BetOnline