Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons: Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview
ORLANDO MAGIC VS. DETROIT PISTONS GAME INFORMATION
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Little Caesars Arena
TV Coverage: NBA League Pass
ORLANDO MAGIC VS. DETROIT PISTONS MONEYLINE, SPREAD, TOTAL, AND ODDS
Moneyline: Magic +102 | Pistons -120
Spread: Pistons -1.5
NBA Championship Odds: Magic N/A | Pistons +25000
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ORLANDO MAGIC VS. DETROIT PISTONS NEWS AND NOTES
The end of the NBA season is intriguing for so many different reasons. Some matchups will feature team jockeying for playoff positioning. Other matchups feature teams playing for a better draft pick.
This game falls into the latter category. Both of these teams will be without most of their top contributors from early in the season, so it will be a chase for them to showcase some of their young talent.
The Magic traded away Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and Aaron Gordon before the traded deadline, and Terrence Ross has missed most of their recent games with an injury. James Ennis will join him on the sidelines on Monday, along with Chuma Okeke, Michael Carter-Williams, and Otto Porter.
Things aren’t much brighter on the Pistons’ side. They’ve already ruled out seven players for this contest due to injuries, rest, or personal reasons: Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Cory Joseph, Wayne Ellington, Dennis Smith Jr., Jahlil Okafor, and Rodney McGruder. Hamidou Diallo is also listed as questionable, which doesn’t leave them with a ton of depth.
ORLANDO MAGIC VS. DETROIT PISTONS PREVIEW AND PICK
Both of these teams have had disastrous seasons, so they are clearing playing for the future at this point. Neither team’s future seems particularly bright, but the Pistons are undoubtedly in a better position at the moment.
They actually have a few interesting players on their roster who have shined when given opportunities this season. Josh Jackson is a former high draft pick who has bounced around the league a bit, but he has settled in nicely as the Pistons’ sixth man. He’s averaging a career-best 13.5 points per game, and he’s had no problems serving as one of their top scoring options when the team has been shorthanded recently. Overall, the team has increased its Net Rating by +5.2 points per 100 possessions with Jackson on the court this season, which is the top mark on the squad among players with at least 400 minutes.
The Pistons also have four rookies who have all shown flashes at times this year. Killian Hayes was their first draft pick, and he’s been limited to just 19 games due to injuries. That said, he’s put together some solid games when he’s been active. Isaiah Stewart looks like one of the steals of last year’s draft, and he’s averaged a stout 14.3 points and 12.5 rebounds over 29.9 minutes in six games without Grant and Plumlee this season. Saddiq Bey has been one of their most reliable options all season, and even Saban Lee has contributed as a second-round pick.
The Pistons still need a lot of help moving forward, but there are pieces of a competitive team here.
The same cannot be said about this current version of the Magic. There are 10 players who have posted a positive Net Rating differential for the team this season – meaning the team is better with them on the court than off the court – and eight of those players are either no longer with the team or unavailable on Monday. Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr., and Mo Bamba could stick on their roster moving forward, but the rest of this team is filled with borderline NBA players at best. Dwayne Bacon and Mo Wagner are both starting for the team at the moment, and they could be two of the worst starting players in the entire league.
Ultimately, I like the Pistons to take care of business at home.
The Pick: Pistons -1.5