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Magic face Pistons: NBA odds preview

Orlando MagicDetroit Pistons
Jan 2, 7:30 PM | The Palace of Auburn Hills

Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons Odds


Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Monday when the Pistons try to run the Magic off the court at The Palace of Auburn Hills in pro hoops action.

The Pistons sit at 1-3 (1-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Magic are currently 4-1 (3-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Detroit is 2-2 OU, and Orlando is 2-3 OU.

View Orlando vs Detroit Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Pistons sat as 3-point underdogs. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 182.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pistons rated this week at No. 24 and the Magic sitting at No. 8. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 101-85 result in favor of the Magic today.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 27-ranked offense (87.2 PPG) against a Magic defense that ranks No. 5 at 89 PPG. The Pistons have averaged 42.9% from the field per game, less than the Magic have managed so far this season (45.5% on average).

Defensively, the Magic feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 88 points per game. Detroit, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Orlando, they were a 102-96 winner as they battled the Raptors at home. The Magic failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point favorite, while 198 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Orlando got 24 points from Ryan Anderson en route to a 102-96 victory over Toronto on Sunday at Amway Center.

Detroit won its last outing, a 96-88 result against the Pacers on December 31. The Pistons covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the 184 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Pistons got a 20-point performance from Jonas Jerebko, who added 12 rebounds as Detroit ran past Indiana 96-88 on Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Chicago are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 1-9
After a win are 3-7

A few Magic at Pistons trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando's last 5 games on the road
Orlando is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Orlando's last 10 games
Detroit is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 6 games at home
Detroit is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Detroit's last 13 games

Next up:
Orlando home to Washington, Wednesday, January 4
Detroit home to Chicago, Wednesday, January 4