The Orlando Magic (26-23) travel to face off against the Detroit Pistons (6-42) on Sunday, February 4th. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and televised on BSDE. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Pistons are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Timberwolves. Tip-off is set for 3:00 ET.
Magic vs Pistons
The Magic Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Magic took down the Timberwolves by a score of 108-106. The Magic picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 59-54.
Heading into today’s game, the Magic are looking to extend their two game winning streak. Overall, their record is 26-23. In the Eastern Conference, the Magic are 8th and in the Southeast division, they are 2nd.
The Magic have covered the spread successfully in their previous four games and maintain an overall ATS record of 32-17. The Magic currently have a three game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 10-4 vs. the spread as the favorite.
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Pistons tell to the Clippers by a score of 136-125. Despite the loss in the game, the Pistons managed to cover the spread as +12 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 239 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Magic, the Pistons are 6-42 overall and have gone 3-7 in their last ten games. At home, the Pistons are 4-22 while going 2-20 on the road this season.
The Pistons are riding a three game ATS win streak and currently possess an overall ATS record of 23-24. This season, Detroit has a 1-4 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 22-20 when playing as underdogs.
Magic Offense Breakdown
In 49 games games, Orlando has an average of 111.6 points per game (25th).
So far this season, the Magic are scoring 111.6 points per game, which is 25th in the league. When playing on the road, Orlando is averaging 109.6 points per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Magic are last in the NBA, making just 34% of their attempts. Overall, they are shooting 46% from the field.
Despite their low ranking in three-point shooting, the Magic are 5th in the league in free throw attempts and 8th in offensive rebounds.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Detroit has recorded an average of 112.9 points per game (23rd) throughout 48 games games.
This season, the Pistons are averaging 112.9 points per game, which is 23rd in the NBA. At home, they are averaging 112.3 points per game.
So far, Detroit has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 31.2% of their games. In terms of pace, the Pistons are 7th in the league at 100.3 possessions per game.
When it comes to field goal percentage, the Pistons are 17th in the league at 47%. In terms of three-point shooting, they are 29th in three-pointers made and attempted per game.
Magic Team Defense
So far this season, the Magic defense has been performing well, ranking 5th in the NBA at 110.8 points allowed per contest. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Magic are forcing 13.7 per game, which is 22nd in the league. They also come into the game sitting 15th in blocked shots at 5.3 per game.
Pistons Team Defense
On defense, the Pistons come into the game ranked 27th in the league in points allowed at 122.5 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 122.7 points per contest (24th). In their previous matchup vs. the Clippers, the Pistons’ defense struggled, giving up a field goal percentage of 59% leading to 136 points.
Key Players For The Magic And Pistons
In today’s game, we anticipate Paolo Banchero leading the scoring for the Magic, contributing 22 points while shooting 8/17 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 23 points per game, along with 6.9 rebounds.
On the other side, Cade Cunningham is our projected leading scorer for the Pistons. We have him ending the game with a team-high 21 and grabbing 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 44.8%, and he is contributing 22.5 points per game on average.
Magic vs Pistons Trends
- The Magic are 3-0 ATS in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.
- In their last ten games at home, the Pistons have a straight up record of 1-9 while going 6-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 120 points per game in these contests.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Detroit has an ATS mark of 3-0 while going 1-2 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Magic have an ATS mark of just 6-4 in their last ten games. Orlando posted a straight up mark of 7-3 in these matchups.
The Pistons come in as the underdog at +6.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 227 and our model has the Magic and Pistons finishing with a combined 225 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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