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Chicago Bulls Vs Orlando Magic NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Written by on March 25, 2016

There are few things more frustrating for a team than seeing their playoff hopes slowly slip away as the season slips into its final few weeks. Perhaps the only thing worse than that happening is the knowledge that it could all have been very different if the injury bug had not been so cruel to your line-up. That is exactly where the Chicago Bulls are at right now, as the gap between them and the final playoff spot is starting to grow a little wider with each passing day. It was always going to be a tough challenge for them with so many key players out injured, but that still doesn’t cushion the blow of potentially missing out on the postseason action. The Bulls have a chance to stay in the hunt on Saturday when they head to Orlando to face a Magic team that is on the brink of being officially eliminated from playoff contention. Full odds for this one can be found at the NBA odds page.

Chicago Bulls Vs Orlando Magic NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

When: Saturday, March 26 at 7 PM EST Where: Amway Center, Orlando TV: CSNC and FSFL Radio: WMVP and WDBO NBA Odds: TBA

Why bet on the Chicago Bulls

The Bulls (36-35) spurned a magnificent opportunity to get ahead of the playoff picture by losing back to back games against the New York Knicks. While it’s always tough to beat the same team in consecutive games, you would have still thought the Bulls good enough to pick up one of them. Those defeats now leave them a game and a half back of that final playoff spot, and with just 11 games remaining, things are starting to look pretty bleak. The really unfortunate part of all of this, other than the injuries, was that it looked as though Chicago had turned a bit of a corner, as they had won 3-straight heading into the Knick games. They need another run like that to stay alive in this race. The Bulls are averaging 101.7 PPG, and are giving up 103.1 PPG.

Why bet on the Orlando Magic

A long, miserable season is almost finally over for the Orlando Magic (29-42), and they are playing like they are ready for that end to come. The Magic are coming into this game having lost 5 straight games, and are now just 2-8 on their last 10. The one thing to keep an eye on here is that they do have a winning record (18-17) at home, and they did beat the Bulls the last time they paid a visit to the Amway Center. Orlando may be out of the playoff picture, but they would love nothing more than a chance to play the role of spoiler, which they could well do by getting the win against the Bulls. The Magic are averaging 100.8 PPG, and are giving up 103.3 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I have a difficult time picking either one of these two teams giving how they are playing at the moment, but someone has to win. I guess I have a little more faith in the Bulls, as I like them to win a close one. Chicago Bulls 104 Orlando Magic 101