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Friday Night Hoops: Orlando Magic @ Chicago Bulls Pick

Overview

At the United Center in the Windy City, the Orlando Magic will tangle with the Chicago Bulls. Both teams are premiere teams out of the Eastern Conference. The visitors from Central Florida are second place in the Southeast Division, and fourth overall in the Conference. The home team is in charge of the Central Division, and the third seed. These two teams met in early December, with the Magic coming away with a blow-out win. This will be the second of four games this season between the two teams.

Chicago Bulls (-0)

The Chicago Bulls have been almost unbeatable when playing at home. The Bulls have won 21 of 25 games at the United Center. Chicago is led by Eastern Conference All Star team starting guard Derrick Rose. Rose is questionable for this game, as he came up with stomach ulcers during the week. Rose is scoring 24.6 points for a team that is averaging 97.8. The Bulls rank third in the NBA defensively, as they are allowing just 92.1 points per game. Chicago comes in with a three game winning streak, including a win at home over Milwaukee on Monday. The Bulls lead the Central Division by 13 games over the Indiana Pacers. Chicago is seeking a winning season during 2010-2011, after finishing 41-41 the past two seasons.

Orlando Magic (+0)

The Orlando Magic come in with a record of 30-16. The Magic are just two games behind the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Southeast Division. Orlando picked up a win on Wednesday to snap their mini losing streak. The Magic are 15-8 on the road this season, and have also won 20 of 26 games against Eastern Conference foes. Dwight Howard is the main man for the Magic. Howard is leading the team in points with 22.0 per game, and rebounds, with 13.4. Orlando ranks 7th in the NBA, allowing 94.6 points per game. The Magic have had three straight 50+ win seasons, including winning 59 in each of the last two seasons.

Conclusion

This should be a barnburner. Alot of this game depends on the health of Derrick Rose. It appears Rose will be a gametime decision. If Rose does not play, the Magic should be able to come up with a road win. If Rose plays, look for the Bulls to continue their dominace at home and come away with a win. Rebounding will be a key in this game, as the Bulls are without their top glass cleaner Joakim Noah. Carlos Boozer will have to play huge to keep Dwight Howard off the boards. The opening line for this game is a pick’em – We like the Chicago Bulls to win this game.

Orlando
  • Magic are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games.
  • Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
  • Magic are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Magic are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win.
  • Magic are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Magic are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
  • Magic are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
  • Magic are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win.
  • Magic are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 vs. NBA Central.
  • Magic are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Magic are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Chicago
  • Bulls are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Bulls are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Bulls are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Bulls are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • Bulls are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
  • Bulls are 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Bulls are 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 vs. NBA Southeast.
  • Bulls are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.

OU Trends

Orlando
  • Under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Over is 7-1 in Magic last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Over is 5-1 in Magic last 6 games following a SU win of more than 10 points.
  • Over is 4-1 in Magic last 5 road games.
  • Over is 4-1 in Magic last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Over is 4-1 in Magic last 5 games following a ATS win.
  • Under is 18-7-1 in Magic last 26 Friday games.
  • Under is 41-19-3 in Magic last 63 games playing on 1 days rest.
Chicago
  • Under is 5-0 in Bulls last 5 overall.
  • Under is 4-0 in Bulls last 4 home games.
  • Under is 6-1 in Bulls last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
  • Under is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Under is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
  • Under is 8-2 in Bulls last 10 vs. NBA Southeast.
  • Under is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
  • Under is 6-2 in Bulls last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
  • Under is 21-7 in Bulls last 28 games following a S.U. win.
  • Under is 16-6 in Bulls last 22 games following a ATS win.
  • Under is 5-2 in Bulls last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
  • Under is 5-2 in Bulls last 7 Friday games.

Head to Head

  • Magic are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
  • Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
  • Under is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in Chicago.

Match Date - Friday, January 28, 2011

Pick: Chicago Bulls -0

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