|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAThe Orlando Magic depart the land of Disney and travel to the Windy City tonight for a matchup with the Chicago Bulls. Gametime in the United Center is scheduled for 8:05 PM ET.
Orlando (2-0) must have felt like they were at Disney World after emerging victorious in their first 2 home contests. They opened the season with a 102-89 win versus Denver and followed that up on Sunday defeating Phoenix 115-94. Both of these coming in the wake of the offseason Dwight Howard trade and with Hedo Turkoglu injuring his hand in game number one. He is now expected to miss several weeks. They may also be missing Jameer Nelson tonight who is listed day to day with a groin and hamstring strain.
Chicago (2-1) looked shaky in the season opener at home, but still were able to come out on top of the lowly Sacramento Kings 93-87. They were dominant against Cleveland in their next contest, beating them on the shores of Lake Erie 115-86. However, they dropped a bomb back home on Saturday, losing to New Orleans 89-82. They shot just 33% from the field vs. the Hornets. These Rose-less Bulls will look to Rip Hamilton and Carlos Boozer to recover their shooting touch tonight after Saturdays poor showing.
The Magic are 4-1 ATS coming off of a SU win, but 1-4 ATS on Tuesday night games. The Bulls are 4-1 ATS facing opponents who topped 100 points in their previous game. They are 0-5-1 ATS coming off of two days of rest.
The Magic are 3-1 in their last 4 visits to Chicago. Overall, the Bulls have won 5 out of 6 of their previous meetings during the regular season. The underdog is 7-0, ATS while the road team is 4-1 ATS in matchups between these teams. The total has gone OVER in 5 of the last 7 games between them played in Chicago.
In their last meeting, in March 2012, the Bulls won 85-59, as 2 point underdogs, covering the spread by 28 points. In another March 2012 matchup, the Magic won 99-94, as 6 point underdogs, covering by 11 points. In a January 2012 game, the Bulls won 97-83, as 1 point underdogs, covering by 15 points.
The Bulls are 9 point (-$110) home favorites from Bet Royal's sportsbook, with the O/U set at 187.5 (-$110).