Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic Prediction, NBA Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Mar 17, 2022

The two worst teams in the Eastern Conference will square off on Thursday when the Detroit Pistons and the Orlando Magic get together.

Detroit
23-59
AT
March 17, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Amway Center
Orlando
22-60
Pointspread +3 +100
Moneyline +140
Over / Under o +219

37%

Betting Action

63%

Pointspread -3 -120
Moneyline -168
Over / Under u +219

37%

Betting Action

63%

They stand just half a game apart from one another but four games away from the nearest, next-worst competitor in the conference.

The Pistons have lost their last four, which comes on the heels of compiling a solid three-game winning streak. The Magic, on the other hand, just got smoked by the Brooklyn Nets by a score of 150-108 in a game where Kyrie Irving scored 60.

With each team clearly in the middle of a rebuild, it is going to be interesting to see which of them can come out on top here.

Pistons vs. Magic NBA Betting Odds

The Pistons have been competent on the road of late as they have covered six straight away games. On top of that, they hold a record of 9-1 ATS when coming into the matchup following an ATS victory in the previous game. When it comes to the total, the under has cashed in six out of their last seven games overall and five of their last six when coming off an ATS win.

On the other hand, the Magic are 4-0 ATS when coming off of an ATS loss. However, they are 5-1 ATS in their past six contests when going up against a team with a winning percentage less than .400 on the season. Unlike the Pistons, the total trended under with five of their last seven going in that direction.

Detroit Pistons

Detroit could be without their best two players for this contest. Jerami Grant was already ruled out after having right knee inflammation and now Cade Cunningham joins the injury list with an illness. Cunningham is only listed as questionable for the moment but it would make sense for the Pistons to take it easy with their future star if he isn’t ready to go. With Grant sidelined, Cunningham has been their most impressive piece on the roster. He averages 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game after going through a rough start to his NBA career. The No. 1 overall draft pick has led the team in scoring in four of the last five games, with Grant being the leader in that fifth affair. The Pistons need Cunningham needs to play if they want to get the win here.

Orlando Magic

A 42-point loss isn’t something that gives a team a lot of confidence. That is the unfortunate position that the Magic are currently in. They need to find some type of motivation to get back on track but they will need to do so without Jalen Suggs. The rookie point guard has been hit with a right ankle injury, missing his last three games and getting just 22 minutes in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Look for Cole Anthony to step up into the lead scoring role that he has been all season long. Anthony has been one of the few consistent players that the organization has, averaging 17.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. He will have to shoulder a larger weight in this game to avoid getting pushed further down the conference.

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