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Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic

February 24, 2024

The Orlando Magic will travel to Detroit, Michigan to face the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena with the game tipping off at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday night and will air on Bally Sports Detroit and Bally Sports Florida.

Orlando Magic Team Preview

The Orlando Magic are in 7th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 31-25 and are on a two-game winning streak following Thursday’s 116-109 win on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The success of the Magic this season can be attributed to their defensive play as they are allowing the 7th fewest points per game in the NBA with an average of 110.85 points allowed per game. 

However, because Orlando plays at a slower-than-average tempo it leads them to be one of the lower-scoring teams in the NBA as they rank 26th in scoring with an average of 111.73 points per game. Paolo Banchero has been one of the best players on the team as he leads the team in scoring, rebounds, and assists with an average of 22.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. 

The Orlando Magic will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they travel to face the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit Pistons Team Preview

The Detroit Pistons have been the worst team in the NBA this season as they have the worst record in the league with a record of 8-47 and are on a four-game losing streak following Thursday’s 115-129 loss on the road against the Indiana Pacers. 

The Pistons are allowing the 4th most points per game in the league with an average of 122 points per game while also having been one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NBA with an average of 112.87 points per game which ranks 23rd in the league. 

Jalen Duren enters this game averaging a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds per game while being 2nd on the team in blocks with an average of 0.78 blocks per game. The Detroit Pistons will look to end their four-game losing streak when they host the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

Odds and Series Trends

WagerWeb has the Orlando Magic listed as 6.5-point favorites on the road against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. The teams have split the last ten games in the series while Orlando has won the previous four matchups. The Pistons are 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten while the Magic have covered the spread in the previous three games in the series. 

The Orlando Magic are 37-19 ATS overall, 19-11 ATS on the road, and 15-4 ATS as a favorite this season while the Detroit Pistons are 26-28-1 ATS overall, 12-14-1 ATS at home, and 25-24-1 ATS as an underdog on the year.

Game Pick

Orlando has been the better team this season and most recently in the series, winning the previous four contests against Detroit. The Magic have covered the spread in the last four games in the series while also having been the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 37-19 ATS overall and 19-11 ATS on the road while the Pistons are 26-28-1 ATS overall and 12-14-1 ATS at home. Buy the .5 point and lay the points with the Orlando Magic when they travel to face the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Orlando Magic -6