Magic vs. Pistons Prediction
The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic are battling for one of the final spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Who will help their cause when the two meet in Detroit tonight at 7PM ET?
503 Orlando Magic vs. 504 Detroit Pistons
Thursday, March 28, 2019
7PM ET – Little Caesars Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Pistons are the slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -3.5 points against the Magic. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 206.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 59 percent going on Detroit at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Magic on fire
Orlando is on fire right now, having won six straight games, including a big 104-99 win at Miami on Tuesday night. They are in eighth in the East right now, ½ game behind Detroit for 7th and ½ a game ahead of Miami. The Magic have covered in five of the six wins. Orlando is 37-38 overall, 14-22 on the road, 40-34-1 against the spread and 44-31 with the under.
The Magic are one of the top defensive teams in the league, allowing just 106.1 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 45.2 percent. Offensively, Orlando is putting up 106.3 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. Nikola Vucevic is leading the team with 20.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game while Aaron Gordon is adding 15.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
Pistons losing, but covering
Detroit wrapped up a 5-game road trip on Tuesday night with a narrow 95-92 loss at Denver. The Pistons have lost three straight to the top teams in the West, but they are 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven. Detroit is now 37-37 on the season, 23-13 at home, 38-33-3 against the spread and 38-36 with the under.
The Pistons are a strong defensive team, allowing just 107.9 points per game while opponents shoot 47.2 percent against them. Offensively, Detroit is putting up 107.5 points per game while shooting 44.1 percent as a team. Blake Griffin is putting up 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while Andre Drummond is adding 17.3 points and 15.4 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Magic have covered the spread in six straight Thursday games and in 9 of their last 14 when playing on 1 day of rest.
The Pistons have covered the spread in nine straight home games and in four straight following a loss.
The Pistons have won and covered in two of the three meetings with the Magic. The loss was just by two points on the road. Detroit is returning from a long road trip in which they lost three straight to the best in the West. They should be eager to be home and have a chance to really improve their playoff hopes with a win over Orlando. The Magic are on a roll right now, but five of the six wins were at home and four were against the bottom half of the league. I will take my chances on Detroit staying tough at home.
NBA Prediction: Detroit Pistons -3.5