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Pistons vs Magic NBA Game Preview

Detroit PistonsOrlando Magic
14-16December 27, 2013, 07:00 | Amway Center8-20

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Detroit when they hit take on the Magic on Friday in pro hoops betting action.

Orlando will face the 14-16 Pistons, who own a 15-15 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Magic are 13-15 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Pistons are 23-7 favoring the OVER.

View Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as -2.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 201.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Magic at No. 27 and the Pistons at No. 18 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 92-89 result in favor of the Pistons.

Detroit won its last outing, a 115-92 result against the Cavaliers on December 23. The Pistons covered in that game as a 1-point underdog, while the 207 combined points took the game OVER the total. Detroit cruised to victory on Monday, running Cleveland out of the gym and running up a 115-92 score at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Magic were a 103-98 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (201) made winners of OVER bettors. Orlando got 26 points from Arron Afflalo en route to a 103-98 loss against New York on Monday at Amway Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Orlando's No. 22-ranked offense (96.61 PPG) against a Pistons defense that ranks No. 20 at 101.7 PPG. The Magic have averaged 44.31% from the field per game, less than the Pistons have managed so far this season (45.3% on average).

A few Pistons at Magic trends to consider:
Detroit is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games
Detroit is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Detroit is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Orlando is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Orlando is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 9 games
Orlando is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Detroit at Washington, Saturday, December 28th
Orlando home to Atlanta, Sunday, December 29th