|Last 5 Games||2-3||-0.1||3-2||1-4||93.8||47.4||46.7%||45.8||97.4||47.0||45.2%||52.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.7||47.1||37-83||44.5%||7-20||35.2%||16-21||76.2%||50||10||21||20||8||14||3|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.8||50.5||38-83||45.5%||8-22||36.1%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||92.8||45.6||35-83||42.7%||7-20||34.5%||15-20||74.6%||49||10||20||21||8||14||3|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.9||51.2||38-84||45.5%||8-22||36.9%||18-23||77.0%||52||10||22||18||7||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||100.4||50.3||38-83||45.3%||8-22||35.9%||18-23||75.4%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||102.6||51.9||38-82||45.8%||8-22||37.5%||19-24||78.2%||53||10||23||18||7||13||6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+2.5||3-2||3-2||99.0||45.6||44.0%||53.2||90.6||43.0||43.9%||47.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||93.6||46.7||35-80||43.2%||6-18||34.8%||18-23||78.0%||53||12||23||19||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.1||50.6||38-83||45.5%||8-22||36.1%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||94.1||47.2||35-82||43.1%||6-17||34.1%||18-23||78.2%||54||12||24||19||7||13||6|
|Stats Against (All Games)||91.8||45.6||35-81||43.0%||7-19||35.2%||15-20||75.3%||49||11||19||21||8||14||6|
|vs opponents averaging||100.6||50.3||38-83||45.3%||8-22||35.9%||18-23||75.4%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||89.5||44.8||34-81||41.5%||6-18||34.6%||16-21||74.2%||50||11||18||21||7||14||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: ORLANDO 95.4, CHICAGO 95.4|
|3/8/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||112-121||L||15.5||W||204||O||46-96||47.9%||52||9||43-81||53.1%||49||13|
|3/18/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||89-103||L||12.5||L||206.5||U||35-77||45.5%||47||16||37-82||45.1%||47||11|
|3/23/2014||@ LA LAKERS||94-103||L||3.5||L||217||U||37-82||45.1%||52||18||37-80||46.2%||45||14|
|4/14/2014||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||INDIANA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2014||@ NEW YORK||89-100||L||-3||L||185||O||29-74||39.2%||56||16||37-81||45.7%||44||9|
|4/14/2014||ORLANDO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|ORLANDO: GUARDS: JAMEER NELSON will be trade bait all year, as the Magic have no interest in picking up his option after the season . . . ARRON AFFLALO is also on the trade block, and has more on-the-court value than Nelson . . . The Magic will find starter's minutes for rookie VICTOR OLADIPO somehow, at the expense of Afflalo, Nelson (if Oladipo proves capable of handling the point later this year) or both. He's the future in this backcourt . . . E'TWAUN MOORE is back mostly because he's a cheap option at back-up point guard. He's still a fringe NBA player . . . RONNIE PRICE is lucky to have a roster spot anywhere after a brutal year in Portland . . . Second-year man DORON LAMB will have a chance to prove himself as a second-unit scorer. FORWARDS: MAURICE HARKLESS has nice upside, and Orlando will find him more opportunities on offense. He reportedly added weight in an effort to be able to attack the rim more effectively . . . TOBIAS HARRIS is a disaster defensively, but after arriving in Orlando he showed the kind of versatile offensive skill set this team lacks. Expect him to win the starting job at the four . . . GLEN DAVIS will battle Harris for minutes, but as A 27-year-old, injury-prone player, he's more likely to be phased out by the rebuilding Magic . . . JASON MAXIELL will provide some physicality at the four and five . . . ANDREW NICHOLSON is still a work-in-progress, but is showing flashes of becoming an effective stretch four. CENTERS: NIKOLA VUCEVIC is a cornerstone in the Magic's rebuilding project. He's not terribly skilled or athletic, but he's a high-energy rebounder who has the touch to get plenty of baskets cleaning up garbage . . . KYLE O'QUINN had some nice moments in meaningless games late last year. The second-year pro might be able to hang on for a few more seasons as a back-up center.|
|CHICAGO: GUARDS: After playing it very safe and sitting out all of last spring, DERRICK ROSE should pretty much be his old self. Of course, he'll have to knock some rust off early in the year . . . JIMMY BUTLER was an iron man during last year's playoffs, and his role will only grow this season. His defense and energy, as well as ability to get to the line, could make Luol Deng expendable . . . MIKE DUNLEAVY is in line for the sixth man role, primarily as a long-range threat . . . With Rose's return, KIRK HINRICH slides back to the bench. His playing time will be especially limited with Dunleavy taking up minutes at the two . . . MARQUIS TEAGUE will continue to be used only in garbage time unless Hinrich ends up getting hurt or traded. FORWARDS: LUOL DENG is back on the trading block, as the Bulls learned life isn't so bad without him now that Jimmy Butler has emerged. His offensive role could be slightly reduced . . . CARLOS BOOZER will likely be amnestied next summer, so for all intents and purposes this is a contract year. He's likely to still be a disaster defensively, which means he's a part-time player under defensive-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau . . . TAJ GIBSON will finish games and likely take over Boozer's spot a year from now. He's a superior defender and, while he doesn't have Boozer's range, he's a capable finisher around the rim . . . Rookie TONY SNELL is a Thibodeau kind of player, a long-armed, athletic perimeter defender. He's unlikely to ever do much on offense though. CENTERS: JOAKIM NOAH may be consistently banged up, but he's capable of playing through the pain. Depending on the Bulls' playoff position, he might sit some games late in the year, but Thibodeau isn't shy about playing him 35 minutes per night . . . NAZR MOHAMMED is back as a designated screener on offense and hacker on defense..|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (ORLANDO-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Magic-Bulls Preview* =====================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Orlando (23-56) at Chicago (47-32), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Chicago Bulls will have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but their opponent - and which side of the Eastern Conference bracket they'll be placed - remains to be determined.
Chicago looks to inch closer to securing the East's No. 3 seed while adding another defeat to the Orlando Magic's dismal road record Monday night.
The Bulls (47-33) are tied with Toronto for third, but the Raptors hold the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the Atlantic Division. Chicago would have to win this contest and Wednesday's finale against Charlotte, while Toronto would have to drop one of its final two in order for the Bulls to finish with the third seed.
A win in either contest combined with two Raptors losses also would clinch it.
Chicago had its seven-game winning streak snapped Sunday in a 100-89 loss to New York and missed a chance to pull a game ahead of the Raptors.
"Defensively, we weren't very good," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "I thought we made some good plays down the stretch and we missed some wide-open 3s that you live with."
Joakim Noah had another solid performance with 13 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists, but the Bulls finished just 6 of 22 from 3-point range.
"We let a big game slip. It was probably the biggest game of the season," Noah said. "Disappointing the way our mentality wasn't good, but overall we just won't have time, just got to let this one go, get ready tomorrow."
Noah finished with 26 points and 19 rebounds in a 128-125 overtime win Jan. 15 in the last matchup with Orlando. Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2013, scored a career-high 35 points in that contest for a Magic team that will be picking in the lottery for the second straight year.
Orlando (23-57) has dropped two straight and fell to 4-36 on the road with Sunday's 97-88 loss to Brooklyn. Tobias Harries came off the bench to score 18 points, while Oladipo added 14.
"Any time we lose, whether it is on the road or at home, it bothers me," Harris said. "We're not in the playoffs, but I'm just going out there and playing my heart out like it's my last game."
Orlando won the other meeting in Chicago 83-82 on Dec. 16, though it has lost 25 of 26 on the road since that contest. The Magic led 59-55 with seven minutes left in the third quarter, but the Nets went on a 15-0 run and put the game away.
"(The road record) doesn't bother us. We just have to come out and play the same way we do (at home)," said forward Kyle O'Quinn, who had 10 points. "Things just didn't bounce our way."
Center Nikola Vucevic tested his sore left Achilles prior to Sunday's contest, but he said the training staff decided he shouldn't play. He's missed the last six, and he's likely to sit out the final two as well.
Orlando has lost 10 of the last 12 meetings with the Bulls, though both wins in that stretch have come in Chicago.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 5:39:57 PM EST|