NBA Betting: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic

NBA Betting:  Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic

The NBA regular season is winding down and as teams start to prepare for the playoffs by resting or sitting starters you have to look in unusual places for good betting opportunities. For that reason we’ll head to Orlando, Florida for tonight’s game against the hometown Magic and the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are playoff bound but have some nagging injuries to deal with–and that doesn’t even count the uncertain status of guard Derrick Rose. The Magic aren’t going anywhere this postseason and the only tangible goal they have left is to avoid finishing with the worst record in the league.

The Bulls will get Richard Hamilton back from suspension but will likely be without Joakim Noah who is suffering from plantar fasciitis. That may not matter since the team is more intent on getting ready for the playoffs and even if Noah could play it’s doubtful that he would. Chicago has been a decent betting proposition on the road this year (22-16 ATS) but they’ve been horrific as a favorite–the Bulls are 14-27 ATS laying points and 10-19 ATS against opponents with losing records. They’ve not been a good betting investment at all lately having failed to cover 7 of their last 9 games overall.

To be fair, the Magic are no great shakes in any situation and have been a bad bet at home going 13-26 ATS. They’ve made money recently going 5-3 ATS in their last 8 games overall which may have more to do with Orlando’s valuation as a team the betting public wants nothing to do with and the fact that none of their opponents can get ‘up’ to face the Magic. If the Magic has been motivated by a desire to not finish with the worst record in the league they haven’t really showed it lately going 2-8 SU in their last 10 games. Then again, they catch a completely disinterested Bulls team here and on top of things are on the right end of a horrible situational spot. Chicago is playing their fourth game in five days and that’s been a brutal ATS situation in the second half of the season. Since January 1, 2013 teams in the 4 games in 5 days spot are 11-26 ATS. Orlando isn’t much of a team, but they don’t need to be to get the money here.