Following a slow Sunday, the NBA action returns with an 11-game slate on Monday, February 13, and here you can take a look at the best Magic vs. Bulls betting pick and odds.
Chicago is desperate to avoid the fourth consecutive defeat when they welcome Orlando at United Center. The Bulls are -4.5 favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at 227.5 points. These conference rivals will meet for the third time this year; the series is tied at 1-1.
Magic fell short of the Heat in OT
The Orlando Magic (23-34, 32-24-1 ATS) concluded their three-game home stand with a tight 107-103 overtime defeat to the in-state and Southeast Division rivals Miami Heat. The Magic had a seven-point lead in the final two minutes, but the visitors allowed just two points to Orlando for the remainder of regulation. The Heat even had a chance to win, but Jimmy Butler missed a three-pointer, so the game went to overtime, where Miami proved to be a more experienced side. Orlando will now spend the next two games on the road against Chicago and Toronto.
Markelle Fultz led the Magic with 17 points and four rebounds. Paolo Banchero posted a double-double of 16 points and team-high 13 boards, Wendell Carter Jr. had 14 points and six rebounds, while Jalen Suggs and Moritz Wagner also scored 14 points apiece.
PG Patrick Beverley and SG Terrence Ross are finalizing contract buyouts with the Magic and will not play on Monday against Chicago.
Bulls scored just 15 in the final frame in Cleveland
The Chicago Bulls (26-30, 28-26-2 ATS) returned home from a three-game road trip on which they suffered three defeats. After losing to the Grizzlies and Nets, the Bulls lost 97-89 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chicago had a 13-point lead in the third quarter but scored miserable 15 points in the final 12 minutes and finished the tilt with a season-low 89 points. Turnovers cost the Bulls in this one; they committed even 23 and forced 13 on the other end.
Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 23 points and five rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 16 points and six assists, Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double of 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Patrick Williams chipped in 13 points, six boards, and game-high four steals.
PG Lonzo Ball (knee) and SG Javonte Green (knee) are out indefinitely and will not feature on Monday against the Magic.
- 1-6 SU in the last seven games against the Central Division rivals
- 5-1 ATS in the last six home games
- 4-0 ATS in the last four games vs. a team with a losing straight-up record
- 7-2 ATS in the last nine Monday games
Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls Pick
Orlando has one of the least efficient offenses in the NBA that scores 111.1 points per game (27th). Chicago is a bit better in that regard as the Bulls average 113.7 ppg, and given how they are playing at home recently (nine wins in the last 12 games), I am baking the hosts to bounce back from three consecutive losses. Experience is definitely on Chicago’s side, so I expect DeRozan, LaVine, and former Magic, Nikola Vucevic, to dominate in this matchup. Orlando already surprised Chicago with a 108-107 victory at United Center this season, but I don’t think that will happen again.
Pick: Take the Bulls at -3.5 (-120)
The Magic were kept below 100 points (in regulation) in three of their previous six games, while Chicago managed to limit its opponents to double figures in two of the last six games. The Bulls scored 128 points in the most recent H2H (January 29), but I don’t believe Chicago will score more than 115 here. They failed to do so in five of their last seven games. Under is 36-17 in the last 53 H2H meetings; Under is 9-2 in the previous 11 H2H duels in Chicago, while Under is 4-0 in the Magic and Bulls’ last four games, respectively.
Pick: Go Under 230.5 points (-133)