Pistons vs. Magic - 11/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (4-7) at Detroit Pistons (3-7)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -4 -- Over/Under: 194.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, FSDT
The Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons play Monday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Orlando Magic have split their last eight games and are turning to their defense to be somewhat of a surprise team. The Magic are allowing 99.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting, and have won three of their last four games when allowing less than 100 points. Offensively, the Orlando Magic are averaging 96.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting. While the shooting percentage is better than the league average, the Magic’s scoring total is good for 23rd in the league. Nikola Vucevic leads the way with 18.2 points and 11.5 rebounds, and Tobias Harris is averaging 17.9 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Channing Frye, Orlando’s big signing during the offseason, is 6-11 from downtown in his last two games. Luke Ridnour is questionable for this game and Kyle O'Quinn is doubtful.
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The Detroit Pistons have lost four of their last five games and are also struggling to put the ball in the hoop. The Pistons are averaging just 93 points on 41.8 percent shooting, numbers that have killed them so far this season. The Detroit Pistons have lost 10 of their last 13 games when scoring less than 100 points. Greg Monroe leads the way with 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds, while Brandon Jennings is chipping in 16.2 points and six assists. Andre Drummond has grabbed 25 rebounds in his last two games, but is just 7-18 from the field in his last three games. The Pistons need more out of their big man if they’re going to be a threat in the East this season. Defensively, the Pistons are allowing 96.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting.
The Magic are 9-23-2 ATS in their last 34 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pistons are 10-25 ATS in their last 35 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Detroit, while the underdog is 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
The Orlando Magic have been playing better basketball than the Detroit Pistons and seem to have more heart this early in the season. The Pistons are all over the place and have been a lot worse offensively. Give me the Magic and the points, as they have a shot to win this game SU.