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Orlando enters the blistering Windy City looking to get hot at the right time

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic Jorge N ez-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Orlando Magic (14-16) at Chicago Bulls (7-25)
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
When: December 21st, 8:00 EST
Line: Orlando -3.5, O/U: 202.5
Out: Chicago - Zach LaVine (ankle), Bobby Portis (ankle), Denzel Valentine (ankle); Orlando - Jonathon Simmons (ankle)

Orlando Chicago
Pace: 97.5 (26th) Pace: 99.4 (17th)
ORtg: 105.8 (27th) ORtg: 100.5 (30th)
DRtg: 109.8 (15th) DRtg: 111.1 (18th)
Projected Starters:
PG - DJ Augustin PG - Ryan Arcidiacono
SG - Evan Fournier G - Kris Dunn
F - Aaron Gordon SG - Justin Holiday
PF - Jonathan Isaac PF - Lauri Markkanen
C - Nikola Vucevic C - Wendell Carter Jr.

Storyline: The Magic are making a quick stop in Chicago before returning to Orlando for a four-game home-stand to close out the calendar year. The Magic defeated the Bulls just over a week ago in Mexico City, 97-91. Zach LaVine, who scored 23 points in that contest (and leads the Bulls in scoring, 23.8 points per game), suffered an ankle injury and is expected to miss two-to-four weeks.

Check out our preview of Friday’s Magic/Bulls game here.

For some perspective from the other side, visit the Bulls SB Nation site, Blog a Bull.

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