Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic Betting Prediction 12/30/18

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The Detroit Pistons (16-17) will travel to the Amway Center to go head-to-head with the Orlando Magic (15-19). The Magic opened as 2-point favorites. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 204 points and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Florida at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic Betting Odds

The Magic will look to maintain momentum after blowing out the Toronto Raptors in their last game, 116-87, as 4.5-point underdogs. The Pistons, on the other hand, were dismantled by the Indiana Pacers, 125-88, and were not able to cover as 7-point underdogs. The Orlando game finished 4 points under the projected point total of 207, while the Detroit game finished 6.5 points over the projected point total of 206.5.

Orlando played a nearly flawless game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.522 (above their season average of 0.506) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.9 (above their season average of 20.1). For those same stats, Toronto had marks of 0.358 and 22.2, respectively. Detroit, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.8 (above their season average of 25.5). Orlando rallied around Nikola Vucevic, who contributed 30 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists. Andre Drummond, meanwhile played a key role for Detroit with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

In their first matchup this season, Drummond led the Pistons to a 103-96 win. He notched a double-double with 23 points and 19 rebounds. Detroit covered as a 2.5-point favorite and the two teams combined to score 199 points, which was under the projected point total of 213. Converting at the free throw line was one of Detroit’s largest advantages. They were 18-20 (90.0 percent), while the Magic were just 7-9 (77.8 percent).

Of the Pistons’ 33 games, 17 have finished under the total. Detroit holds records of 16-17 straight up (SU) and 16-16-1 against the spread (ATS).

Games including the Magic tend to go under the total (61.8 percent). Further, Orlando owns records of 15-19 SU and 17-15-2 ATS.

Second-chance points might be hard to find for Orlando in this showdown. The Magic rank 27th in offensive rebounding percentage (20.3 percent), while Detroit ranks third in defensive rebounding percentage (79.5 percent).

Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic Betting Pick

Free Prediction: SU Winner – Pistons, ATS Winner – Pistons, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Orlando ranks 11th in blocks per game (5.5) while Detroit ranks 27th (4.2).
  • The Pistons rank 17th in points in the paint per game (48.2) while the Magic rank 28th (40.5).
  • Detroit ranks fifth in fast break points allowed per game (11.4) while Orlando ranks 10th (12.2).
  • Detroit ranks 4 in three pointers allowed per game (28.87878787878788) while Orlando ranks 6 (29.176470588235293).
  • The Magic rank second in steals allowed per game (7.0) while the Pistons rank 15th (8.0).
  • The Pistons allow the 2-fewest second chance points per game (11.212121212121213) while the Magic rank 5 (11.676470588235293).
  • Detroit ranks seventh in rebounds per game (46.8) while Orlando ranks 20th in rebounds allowed per game (45.7).
  • In games where they hold opponents below 100 points, Orlando is 7-2 and Detroit is 3-2.
  • The Pistons are 16-10 when they score more than 100 points, while the Magic are 11-7.
  • Detroit is 8-6 ATS on the road, while Orlando is 7-11 ATS at home.
  • The total has gone under in 10 of the Magic’s 18 home games, while 7 of the Pistons’ 14 road games have gone over.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Pistons are 2-3 ATS over their last five games, while the Magic are 1-4.
  • In their last five games, Detroit has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Orlando has 3 overs and 2 unders.
  • The Pistons’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.0, up from 1.8 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 99.4 points per game (3.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 108.6 points per game (1.6 above their season average).