Check out our free Magic vs Pistons pick and preview for this NBA game in Detroit. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Magic vs Pistons NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons
  • Where: Detroit at Little Caesars Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, December 28th
  • Betting Odds DET -1, ORL -121 | DET -101 O/U 228.5

So far, the Magic have put together an overall record of 13-22, while going 19-15-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Orlando is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.

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The Magic are coming off a disappointing 129-110 loss to the Lakers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 3 points. Orlando struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 10 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Markelle Fultz led the team in scoring with 16 points on a field goal percentage of 53.8%.

The Pistons come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 8-28. So far, the team has gone 17-18-1 against the spread. The Pistons head into today’s action in the midst of a 6 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -13.83.

Not only did the Pistons drop their last game to the Clippers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 142-131 as 5 point underdogs. Detroit was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 5. In the loss, Bojan Bogdanovic led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 35.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Magic averaged 108.5 points per game vs the Pistons. On the other side, Detroit saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Magic, as they averaged 111.0 points per game in these matchups. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Pistons. In these matchups, Detroit has averaged 111 points per game, while allowing 108. In these contests, they averaged a combined 219 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

The Magic come into today’s game as the 27th ranked scoring offense at 110.3 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Magic are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.4 per contest. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Orlando is just 17th in shots made inside the arc.

Currently, the Magic defense is ranked 20th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.23 points per game vs the unit.

On offense, Franz Wagner leads the Magic in scoring at 19.7 points per game, placing him 54th in the NBA. Overall, Wagner has hit 47.9% of his shots while accounting for 17.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 18th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 21.1 points per game, Paolo Banchero is the 2nd leading scorer for the Magic. For the season, he is 102nd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.5%.

The Pistons come into today’s game as the 24th ranked scoring offense at 111.2 points per game. So far, the Pistons are averaging 99.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Pistons offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 27th in effective field goal percentage.

Against the Magic, the Pistons will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 22nd in points allowed.

On offense, Bojan Bogdanovic leads the Pistons in scoring at 20.9 points per game, placing him 42nd in the NBA. Overall, Bogdanovic has hit 48.3% of his shots while accounting for 16.0% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 19th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 15.5 points per game, Jaden Ivey is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pistons. For the season, he is 256th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 41.6%.

Magic vs Pistons Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Magic -1.5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over 228.5

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