The Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic game could easily be a preview of two teams that will go deep in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Chicago Bulls are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, but as long as the Magic have Dwight Howard they are always a threat to win the title.
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The Chicago Bulls have clinched the Eastern Conference’s top seed, but first-year coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t planning on resting his stars. Not when they have a chance to finish with the NBA’s best record and earn home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Bulls appear to have a good chance of adding to their win total Sunday when they visit a short-handed Orlando Magic team that will be without Dwight Howard. Chicago (59-20) secured the East’s best record Friday with a 93-82 win over Cleveland, its sixth straight victory and 18th in 20 games. It’s the first time the Bulls captured the East’s top seed since 1997-98, the most recent of their six NBA championships with Michael Jordan.
Led by MVP front-runner Derrick Rose, Chicago is trying to catch West-best San Antonio for the NBA’s top record, and home-court advantage if it should advance to the NBA Finals.
The sports betting trends favor the Bulls in this contest. The Bulls are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record and 37-16-2 ATS in their last 55 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Magic are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 games overall and don’t have a shot without Dwight Howard.
NBA Sports Betting Pick: Chicago Bulls