Welcome to our NBA picks and predictions for Thursday night’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons. We’ll provide you with all the latest pre-game information, analysis and opinion, so you can make informed decisions when placing your bets.
Our prediction for the final score is Pistons 112, Magic 116. While we believe the Pistons will cover the spread, we think the Magic will ultimately come out on top in a high-scoring game.
The odds for both teams to win outright are too low to justify a wager, so we suggest avoiding this bet altogether.
Against The Spread:
Our preferred betting option for this game is to back the Detroit Pistons at +7.5 (-120) against the spread. Despite their recent struggles, the Pistons have a good record when playing on Thursday, winning seven of their last eight games in that situation.
They have also covered the spread in six of their last seven games following a loss where they gave up more than 125 points. While they have a losing record overall, they have been competitive against the spread this season, going 25-31-3 ATS.
On the other hand, the Orlando Magic have struggled in their last four home games, covering the spread only once.
Although they have a better record than the Pistons this season, their recent form suggests they may struggle to cover this spread. So, we recommend taking the Pistons with the points.
When it comes to the total, we suggest betting on the OVER 227.5 (-108). The Pistons have been involved in high-scoring games recently, with the OVER hitting in five of their last eight games when playing on three or more days’ rest.
They have also gone OVER the total in their last three games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game. Meanwhile, the Magic have gone OVER in six of their last seven home games against teams with a winning percentage on the road of less than .400.
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