CHI is led in scoring by Gordon at 20.8 ppg; F Luol Deng 18.8 ppg, 7.2 rebs; G Kirk Hinrich 16.0 ppg, 6.3 asts; F Andres Nocioni, who has plantar fasciitis and is out indefinitely, 14.8 ppg; and C Ben Wallace 6.3 ppg, 10.5 rebs, 2.2 blocks. CHI averages 98.9 ppg while allowing 94.7 ppg. ORL averages 94.1 ppg, while allowing 93.8 ppg.
This will be the first meeting of the 2 teams since opening day NOV 1st, when the Magic dominated the Bulls 109-94 and made the hopes so high for Magic fans, only to see those hopes come crashing down over the last month. CHI has won 6 of the last 8 over the Magic. Bulls are favored by 6 1/2 pts (www.pinnaclesports.com).