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The NBA has only a single game on the slate on Thursday evening. That matchup pits the Detroit Pistons against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Detroit is 18-51 overall and 7-28 on the road this season, with Orlando entering at 18-52 overall and 8-25 in home games. Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle) and Chuma Okeke (knee) are listed as questionable for the Magic, with Jalen Suggs (ankle) and Jon Isaac (knee) ruled out. Cade Cunningham (illness) and Rodney McGruder (ankle) are listed as questionable for the Pistons, with Hamidou Diallo (finger) and Frank Jackson (back) ruled out.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET in Orlando. Caesars Sportsbook lists Orlando as a four-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 219 in the latest Pistons vs. Magic odds. Before making any Magic vs. Pistons picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model entered Week 21 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 78-48 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,400. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Pistons vs. Magic and just locked in its NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Magic vs. Pistons:

  • Pistons vs. Magic spread: Magic -4
  • Pistons vs. Magic over-under: 219 points
  • Pistons vs. Magic money line: Magic -170, Pistons +145
  • DET: The Pistons are 25-16-1 against the spread in conference games
  • ORL: The Magic are 21-23 against the spread in conference games
Featured Game | Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons

Why the Pistons can cover

Detroit has a strong defensive projection in this matchup. The Pistons are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game this season, No. 8 in the NBA, and Detroit lands above the NBA in defensive efficiency so far in the month of March. The Pistons are No. 4 in the league in fast break points allowed (14.7 per game), and opponents are generating only 12.5 second-chance points per game. 

That resistance on the defensive glass can be crucial in limiting efficiency on the margins, and the Magic are second-worst in the NBA in offensive efficiency. Orlando is No. 28 in the league in field-goal percentage and No. 27 in 3-point percentage, with the Magic facing spacing challenges. The Magic are also in the bottom tier of the league in offensive rebound rate (No. 27), free-throw attempts per game (No. 26), and turnovers per game (No. 25), all of which play into the hands of the Pistons.

Why the Magic can cover

Orlando should benefit from Detroit’s weaknesses while magnifying its own strengths. The Magic are in the top 10 of the NBA in assist rate and free-throw accuracy on offense. Detroit is No. 25 in the NBA in defensive rating, with the No. 27 mark in defensive rebound rate and the No. 29 mark in 3-point accuracy allowed. Orlando is No. 6 in the NBA in points allowed in the paint (44.6 per game), and the Magic are in the top 10 in 2-point accuracy allowed at 52.3 percent. 

Orlando is above-average on the defensive glass, securing 73.2 percent of available rebounds. Detroit is No. 28 in the league in offensive rating, with one of the league’s worst shooting profiles. The Pistons rank No. 29 in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage while landing at the very bottom of the NBA in 2-point percentage.

How to make Magic vs. Pistons picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with the teams projected to combine for 223 points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Pistons vs. Magic? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.



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