The Orlando Magic welcome the Detroit Pistons to Amway Center for a spotlight game on Thursday. The future-facing teams face off in the only scheduled game in the NBA on Thursday, with the two squads closely aligned in the standings. Orlando is 18-52 overall and Detroit is 18-51 overall, with both teams keyed by young players. Cade Cunningham (illness) is listed as questionable for Detroit, with Hamidou Diallo (finger), Jerami Grant (knee) and Frank Jackson (back) ruled out. Orlando will be without Wendell Carter Jr. (ankle), Chuma Okeke (knee) and Jalen Suggs (ankle).
Caesars Sportsbook lists Orlando as a two-point home favorite, and tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 219 in the latest Pistons vs. Magic odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Pistons vs. Magic match-up, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven model.
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- Pistons vs. Magic spread: Magic -2
- Pistons vs. Magic over-under: 219 points
- Pistons vs. Magic money line: Magic -130, Pistons +110
- 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
Why the Pistons can cover
Detroit has played well recently, posting an above-average mark in defensive efficiency in March. The Pistons also have former No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III, who has been rejuvenated in Detroit following his trade from the Kings. Bagley is averaging 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds over his last six games while knocking down 57.1 percent of his FG attempts over this stretch. Detroit is also above-average on offense in rebound rate, second-chance points, free throw creation, and free throw accuracy.
On defense, Detroit creates havoc, forcing 14.7 turnovers per game. That ranks in the top quartile of the NBA, and the Pistons are in the top seven in fast break points allowed (11.1 per game) and second-chance points allowed (12.5 per game). Orlando ranks No. 25 in the NBA in myriad offensive categories, including points per possession, FG percentage, 3P percentage, offensive rebound rate and turnovers per game.
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 222 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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