Last Updated Mar 17, 2022, 2:41 PM
Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic Predictions, Picks, Odds
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Nationally televised NBA action will resume on Thursday night with a matchup between Eastern Conference bottom dwellers, as the Detroit Pistons will take on the Orlando Magic. Coverage begins from Amway Center at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV.
Pistons 115, Magic 109
Pistons +2.5 (-110) DraftKings
Pistons vs. Magic Predictions
After finishing dead last in the East with a record of 20-52 SU last year, Detroit initially kept that same ball rolling with another miserable start to this season, as the Pistons opened with a pathetic 5-28 SU and 15-18 ATS skid – while scoring just 100.2 OPPG and allowing 110.3 DPPG during that timeframe.
Detroit has played relatively decent basketball since New Year’s Day though, considering the Pistons boast records of 13-23 SU and 22-14 ATS stretch – while generating 106.5 SU and allowing 114.4 DPPG across that window.
On the other hand, Orlando stumbled out to a similarly disappointing start to the season, as the Magic kicked things off with a rocky 8-39 SU and 20-27 ATS skid – while scoring just 101.8 OPPG and surrendering 110.9 DPPG across that span.
The Magic gradually rose to mediocrity throughout January though, considering Orlando enters Thursday riding a surprisingly solid 10-13 SU and 13-10 ATS stretch – while tallying 109.2 OPPG and allowing 114.8 DPPG during that timeframe.
I’ll back Detroit here, as the Pistons are 6-6 SU and 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games, while scoring 108.7 OPPG and surrendering 110.8 DPPG during that span – likely presenting an uphill battle for a Magic squad that’s allowing 116.7 OPPG across their latest 5-9 SU skid.
Pistons vs. Magic Betting Odds
Pistons vs. Magic Betting Resources
- Matchup: Central vs. Southeast
- Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
- Venue: Amway Center
- Location: Orlando, FL
- TV-Time: NBA TV - 7:00 p.m. ET
- Injury Report
Detroit Pistons Betting Analysis
- SU: 18-51
- ATS: 37-32
- O/U: 32-34-3
After last year’s miserable 20-52 SU finish, Detroit briefly kept the disappointment train rolling with another lackluster start to this season, as the Pistons opened with SU losses in 28 of 33 games – with 15 of those losses coming by 10+ PTS.
Detroit has been excellent against the spread since mid-January though, considering the Pistons enter Thursday riding an impressive 22-14 ATS run – despite sitting just 13-23 SU across that timeframe.
Orlando Magic Betting Analysis
- SU: 18-52
- ATS: 33-37
- O/U: 35-34-1
After finishing 14th in the East with a record of 21-51 SU last year, Orlando stumbled out to a similarly poor start to this season, as the Magic posted SU losses in 39 of 47 games out of the gate – with 21 of those losses coming by double-digits.
The Magic have played decent basketball since mid-January though, considering Orlando enters Thursday’s contest riding a relatively pedestrian 10-13 SU and 13-10 ATS stretch – which includes tough SU victories over the Bulls, Mavericks, Wolves, and Pelicans.
Pistons vs. Magic Head-to-Head
The Magic won two-of-three regular-season matchups against Detroit last year, with the first two matchups staying under the total at an average of 199.5 PPG – while the third soared over with a score of 119-112 (O 210.5). The Pistons are 2-1 SU against Orlando this season though, with the first two matchups staying under the number at an average 201 PPG – while their latest meeting went over with a score of 119-103 (O 216).
Key Players to Watch
- DET: Jerami Grant - PF (19 PPG, 4.1 REB, 2.4 AST)
- DET: Cade Cunningham - PG (16.9 PPG, 5.9 REB, 5.3 AST)
- ORL: Cole Anthony - PG (17.3 PPG, 5.6 REB, 5.7 AST)
- ORL: Franz Wagner - SF (15.3 PPG, 4.6 REB, 2.9 AST)
Pistons vs. Magic Betting Conclusion
After posting back-to-back home losses against the Sixers and Nets, the Pistons hit the road for Thursday’s contest as short underdogs against the Magic at Amway Center – marking the 32nd straight game Detroit has been an underdog in.
I’ll back Detroit here, as the Magic are 5-9 SU and 8-6 ATS in their last 14 games, while tallying just 108.7 OPPG and surrendering 116.5 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for another unfavorable matchup against a Pistons squad that’s allowing 109.6 OPPG across their latest 7-1 ATS run.
Pistons vs. Magic Betting Trends
- The Pistons are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games.
- The total has gone UNDER in six of the last seven Pistons' games.
- The Magic are 3-7 ATS in their last ten matchups against Detroit.
- The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven Magic' games.