Pistons vs. Magic Prediction
Two teams in need of a win meet up today at 3:30PM ET when the Orlando Magic host the Detroit Pistons at 3:30PM ET. Which one will come away with it?
549 Detroit Pistons vs. 550 Orlando Magic
Sunday, December 30, 2018
3:30PM ET – Amway Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Magic are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -2 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 204 points. The public betting for this game currently has 67 percent going on the Pistons on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pistons falling behind
The Pistons are struggling to get themselves back on track right now, as they have lost three of their last four games. They are coming off a 125-88 loss at Indiana on Friday night. Detroit is now 16-17 on the season, 5-9 on the road, 16-16-1 against the spread and 18-15 with the under.
Detroit has struggled on offense this season, averaging 107.7 points per game while shooting just 43.4 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Pistons are giving up 109.5 points per game, but they do have the top 3-point defense, as opponents hit just 31.8 percent from the arc. Blake Griffin is leading the team with 25.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Andre Drummond adds 17.5 points and 15.3 rebounds per contest.
Magic end skid
The Orlando Magic ended a four-game losing streak on Thursday night with a 116-87 win at home over the Toronto Raptors. Orlando is now 15-19 on the season, 7-11 at home, 18-16 against the spread and 21-13 with the under.
The Magic are also a team that has struggled on offense. Orlando averages just 103.3 points per game this season while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Defensively, the Magic are giving up 107.0 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 37.5 percent from the arc. Nikola Vucevic is leading the team with 20.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game while Evan Fournier is adding 15.2 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pistons are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following a loss and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games against a team with a losing home record.
The Magic are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games following a win and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after playing on 1 day of rest.
The Pistons won the first meeting with Orlando this year and I think they can come through on the road as well. Orlando doesn’t match up well with Detroit, as the Magic rely on scoring from their inside players, and Detroit has two very strong paint players in Griffin and Drummond. The Pistons lack of shooting shouldn’t hurt them in this game, as I see them getting a needed win and cover.
NBA Prediction: Detroit Pistons +2