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Magic Bulls Betting - Orlando Attempts To Make A Statement Against Chicago

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/10/2014 4:31:56 AM

The 2012 NBA basketball season has been a disappointing one for the Orlando Magic, who will try to reshape their future when they take on the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City.

Orlando Magic @ Chicago Bulls - Thursday, March 8 
Sports betting line: No line

Why Orlando Will Win

The college basketball betting experts who are going to have a lot of work to do during March Madness might be tempted to sneak a quick look at this NBA contest, because it involves two of professional basketball’s biggest names, Orlando center Dwight Howard and Chicago guard Derrick Rose. The reason to go with Orlando is a bit more calculating and complicated, but it’s entirely valid at the end of the day. Orlando is not as good a team as Chicago, and it’s going to be playing this game on the road, but with Howard unlikely to last past this season as a member of the Magic, he has every incentive to want to play his very best so that he can maximize his trade value.

Howard is a supreme talent with a sculpted body that nobody in the NBA can match. Howard’s strength is unrivaled near the basket, and this will make him a tough matchup, even for a prime defensive big man such as Joakim Noah. Moreover, if one needs to find additional reason to pick Orlando in this contest, one can readily point to the fact that the New Orleans Hornets, one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, came very close to beating the Bulls this past week in Chicago, taking a three-point lead into the final minute before losing the plot and dropping a four-point decision. Chicago has been a bit uneven in recent weeks because Rose has been bothered by back problems. The Bulls need their best player to be at his best in order to thrive, but this really hasn’t been the case with Rose. Orlando therefore has a very legitimate chance, more than a lot of experts might initially think.

Why Chicago Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you don’t have to make things any more complicated than they already are. Yes, Derrick Rose has been having some back issues, and yes, Dwight Howard is a beast, but Chicago is the second-best team in the Eastern Conference behind the Miami Heat, while Orlando has been drifting through a terrible regular season. Howard is a great individual talent, but his trade-related melodrama has been distracting his teammates and eroding the Magic’s sense of chemistry both on and off the court. Orlando’s players are increasingly aware that Howard’s main motivation and concern is his own self, not the welfare of the Magic organization. When players in a locker room realize that the star is selfish and not team-oriented, they tune out that superstar. It’s hard to expect Orlando to play with the same passion as Chicago. The Bulls should display a much more blended team game than the Magic, making better defensive rotations and generally playing harder for 48 minutes.

Who Will Win

It’s not a slam dunk, but the sensible play is to expect Chicago to play better team defense, especially on the perimeter. Howard might get his points and rebounds, but if his guards don’t show up against the Bulls’ backcourt, this game won’t be close. Orlando will probably make things competitive, but Chicago will have the final say. Pick the Bulls over the Magic in this contest.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Chicago

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