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Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic

April 7, 2024

Two teams looking to improve their playoff positioning will face off on Sunday evening when the Chicago Bulls travel to Orlando, Florida, to face the Orlando Magic at the Kia Center. The game will start at 6:00 PM ET and air on Bally Sports Florida and NBC Sports Chicago.

Chicago Bulls Team Preview

With only five games left in the regular season, the Chicago Bulls are locked into the play-in tournament as they trail the Indiana Pacers by 6.5 for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference but have a 6.5-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the play-in tournament race. 

Chicago has struggled over their last eight games, compiling a record of 3-5. However, they are coming off an impressive win on Friday with a 108-100 win at home against the New York Knicks. The Bulls have been an above-average team defensively, ranking 14th in defensive efficiency with an average of 113.57 points allowed per game. The Bulls have lost all three games in the series this season, including the most recent one on the road by a score of 108-114, and have lost the last four in a row against the Magic while having lost by an average margin of 5.75 points per game. 

The Chicago Bulls will look to end their four-game losing streak in the series and avoid the regular season sweep when they travel to face the Orlando Magic. 

Orlando Magic Team Preview

The Orlando Magic are realistically two wins away from not having to play in the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference and could improve to as high as the two seed in the conference as the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, and Philadelphia 76ers are all within 4.5 games of each other in the standings. 

The Magic are coming off a surprising loss on Friday on the road against the Charlotte Hornets. They were a 13-point road favorite in the matchup and were riding a three-game winning streak. Orlando's defensive efficiency has played a pivotal role in their success this season, as they are allowing the third fewest points per game with an average of 108.18 points per game. 

The Magic have dominated in this year’s regular-season series against the Bulls, winning all three meetings. They are on a four-game winning streak and have won six of the last ten contests. The Orlando Magic will look to complete the regular-season series sweep against Chicago when they host the Bulls on Sunday evening.

Odds and Series Trends

JustBet has the Orlando Magic listed as 7.5-point favorites at home against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday evening. The Magic have won the three previous meetings this season and four straight games in the series against the Bulls, winning by an average margin of 5.75 points per game in the regular season series this season.

Game Pick

Both teams have relied on their defensive efficiency this season to be among the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Orlando enters this game on a four-game winning streak in the series and has won the three previous meetings this season. However, they have only won by an average margin of 5.75 points per game in this season's contests. Buy the .5 point and take the points with the Chicago Bulls when they travel to face the Orlando Magic on Sunday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Chicago Bulls +8