Pistons vs. Magic - 1/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (15-29) at Detroit Pistons (16-26)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, FSDT
The Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons meet Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Orlando Magic are trying to remain in the playoff race by splitting their last four games. On the season, the Magic are averaging 95 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 100.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.8 points and 11 rebounds while Victor Oladipo is averaging 16.3 points and 3.9 assists. Elfrid Payton is dishing 5.5 assists and Channing Frye is shooting 39 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic continue to show promise with their young players but are still struggling on defense, as they’re allowing 50.1 percent shooting in their last five games. The Magic have allowed 100-plus points in six straight games. Tobias Harris and Aaron Gordon are both questionable for this game with injuries.
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The Detroit Pistons are back in the playoff convo with wins in 11 of their last 14 games. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 97.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Brandon Jennings is averaging 15.2 points and 6.3 assists while Greg Monroe is averaging 14.9 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Drummond is grabbing 13 rebounds and D.J. Augustin is dishing 4.2 assists. The Detroit Pistons have held nine of their last 13 opponents under 100 points and are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The Pistons must continue to play solid defense while their offense remains a work in progress. And while the Pistons are playing their best ball of the season, they’re still just 6-15 SU on their home court.
The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central. The Pistons are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit.
The Orlando Magic play their best ball away from home. So while the Pistons are the better and hotter team, I'll take my chances with the points here.