The Detroit Pistons (2-19) travel to face off against the Orlando Magic (14-7) on Friday, December 8th. This game will be played at Amway Center in Amway Center and televised on BSF. Both the Pistons and Magic will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Pistons vs Magic
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pistons’ most recent game versus the Grizzlies saw Bojan Bogdanovic lead the Pistons with 22 points while shooting 8/15 from the field. Jalen Duren put up 17 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Detroit ended up losing the game with a final score of 116-102.
Coming into their matchup with the Magic, the Pistons are 2-19 overall and are looking to snap their 18 game losing streak. On the road, the Pistons are 1-9 this season compared to 1-10 at home.
Detroit comes in with an overall ATS record of 8-12 so far this season. During this season, Detroit has a 0-2 record against the spread as favorites and 8-10 as underdogs.
The Magic Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Magic lost to the Cavaliers with a final score of 121-111. Turning the tide, the Magic picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 65-52.
Heading into today’s game vs. the Pistons, the Magic are focused on adding to their above .500 record of 14-7. On the road, the Magic have gone 5-5 this season, while going 9-2 at home.
Orlando arrives with an ATS record of 15-6 for the season up to this point. On the road, the Magic have an ATS record of 6-4, as opposed to a 9-2 record against the spread when playing at home.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
In 21 games games, Detroit has an average of 108.8 points per game (27th). Coming into today’s game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.4 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 10th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Magic Offense Breakdown
Orlando has recorded an average of 114.1 points per game (13th) throughout 21 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.2 made 3’s per game. If the Orlando offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.7 turnovers per game.
Pistons Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Pistons’ defense is giving up an average of 118.0 points per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Pistons are forcing 16.6 per game, which is 29th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 11th in blocked shots at 5.6 per game.
Magic Team Defense
The Magic’s defense is presently ranked 7th in the league, allowing an average of 110.5 points per contest.
In the terms of takeaways, Magic are causing 14.7 turnovers per game, ranking 25th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 12th in rejections, averaging 5.6 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Pistons And Magic
For today’s matchup, we project Bojan Bogdanovic to lead the scoring for the Pistons, putting up 15 points and shooting at a rate of 5/11. For the season, he has been averaging 22 points per game, in addition to 3 rebounds.
As for Orlando, Franz Wagner is projected to be the primary scorer for the Magic. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 14, and adding 4 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 45.3% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 20.4 points per game.
Pistons vs Magic Trends
- Through their last five road games, Detroit has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 0-5 while averaging 109 points per game.
- Although Orlando has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 6-4. The team averaged 106 points per game in these games.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Pistons have a straight up record of 0-10. But, their mark vs the spread was just 3-6-1.
- Orlando has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 5-0 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games.
In this Magic vs. Magic matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Pistons at +11.5. While we project the Magic to win 108-106, our recommendation is to bet on the Pistons for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 230.5, and our model projects the Pistons and Magic to reach a combined total of 214 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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