Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic NBA Picks & Predictions 12/13/2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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The Chicago Bulls travel to Amway Center to play the Orlando Magic on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Orlando as 3 point favorites.
The Bulls have a record of 6-22. They are 5th in the Central Division. They have a point differential of -11.0 as they average 101.8 points per game while giving up 112.9 per contest. The Magic have an overall record of 12-15 this season. They are 2nd in the Southeast Division. They average 104.6 points per game and surrender 107.9, good for a point differential of -3.4.
Valuable Chicago Bulls Betting Trends
The Chicago Bulls are 13-15-0 against the spread
The Chicago Bulls are 9-19-0 against the over/under
Important Orlando Magic Betting Trends
The Orlando Magic are 15-11-1 against the spread
The Orlando Magic are 10-17-0 against the over/under
Key Chicago Bulls Injuries
12/11/18 G Antonio Blakeney Illness is questionable Thursday vs Orlando
10/20/18 G Denzel Valentine Ankle is out for season
Key Orlando Magic Injuries
12/11/18 G Evan Fournier Personal is questionable Thursday vs Chicago
11/30/18 C Timofey Mozgov Knee is out indefinitely
Zach Lavine averages 23.8 points per game in 35.1 minutes per contest. He averages 4.8 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 87%. Justin Holiday comes into this contest averaging 12.4 points per game while playing 34.9 minutes per night. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is at 89%.
Aaron Gordon averages 16.3 points per game and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.5 rebounds per contest and 2.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 68%. Nikola Vucevic averages 20.6 points per game while playing 30.7 minutes per contest. He grabs 11.5 rebounds per game and has 3.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is at 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Bulls allow 112.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 23rd in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 19th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 49.2 rebounds a game which ranks 30th, and they give up 25.1 assists per contest which puts them in 23rd place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the league. Chicago averages 101.8 points per contest this season, which ranks them 30th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -11.0 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 27th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 23rd in the league. They average 41.6 rebounds per game and 22.0 assists per contest, which ranks them 26th and 25th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 5th with 15.5 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Magic surrender 107.9 points per contest, which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 16th and 23rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 13th with 23.7 assists allowed per contest, and 26th with 46.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Magic are 10th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per game. Orlando is 26th in the league with 104.6 points per game this year. They are 21st in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -3.4. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 15th in the NBA. They are 25th in the league in rebounding with 42.3 boards per game and 6th in assists per contest with 25.7. The Magic are 27th in turnovers per game with 12.8.
The Bulls are 30th in the NBA in offensive rating with 100.6, and their defensive rating of 111.6 is ranked 22nd. In terms of pace they are 10th in the league with 100.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 27th. As a team they are 29th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 19th in the league. Chicago is 3rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 10th in the league.
Orlando is 27th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 12th in the league. The Magic are 27th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.5, and their defensive rating of 110 is ranked 15th. In terms of pace they are 26th in the league with 97.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 21st. As a team they are 23rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 14th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Magic NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Orlando -3
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