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2021 NBA Handicapping
(20-44) Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons (19-45)
Date: Monday, May 3rd
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
NBA Moneyline Odds: Magic +100 | Pistons -135
NBA Betting Odds: Pistons -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
Monday, May 3rd the Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons will tip-off to determine who wins the season series.
Both teams are actively trying to tank with the goal of nabbing one of the bottom three records at season end. Finishing with the 28th, 29th or 30th record rewards those squads with the best odds (14 percent) of winning the top draft pick in the NBA Draft Lottery to be held on June 22nd.
Entering play on Monday, Detroit is in position for one of those desired bottom three slots joining the Rockets and Wolves. It’s a fluid situation as the Magic are all too familiar with.
This past week Orlando beat the Cavaliers and Grizzlies and that pushed them up to fourth (or 27th). Suffice to say the goal of both clubs will be trying to lose this match in order to cement that bottom three seed.
The Pistons hold the all-time record between the squads with 65 victories in 114 meetings. Last season the clubs played twice each winning one contest.
The Magic entered week 19 on a five-game losing streak and extended it to six. Then they halted the tanking for a couple of games winning two of the next three games.
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The most recent win versus the Grizzlies on Saturday. Three Magic starters scored 20 or more including Cole Anthony (26), Mo Wagner (24), and Dwayne Bacon (23).
R.J. Hampton scored 18 of the Magic’s 28 bench points. As with most tanking teams, the list of walking wounded is substantial…
Terrence Ross (back), Otto Porter Jr. (foot), Michael Carter-Williams (ankle), James Ennis III (calf), and Chuma Okeke (ankle) are all out per the NBA Injury Report.
Markelle Fultz (torn ACL), Jonathan Isaac (knee), Devin Cannady (ankle fracture) are all out for the season
Week 19 for the Pistons witnessed a gritty win versus the Hawks followed by losses to the Mavericks and Hornets.
In the match versus Charlotte, Frank Jackson led the way scoring 25 points off the bench. Youngster Saddiq Bey continues to impress as he led the starters with 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Tyler Cook (12) and Killian Hayes (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Like the Magic, the injury report for the Pistons is equally substantial…
Hamidou Diallo is questionable with knee soreness. Jerami Grant (knee soreness), Cory Joseph (ankle), Wayne Ellington (calf strain), Mason Plumlee (rest), Jahlil Okafor (personal), and Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) were all out on Saturday versus Charlotte and listed as day-to-day
Rodney McGruder (ankle) is out with no definitive return date.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Pistons are 6-4-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Prediction:
Six clubs are logistically in the mix for those bottom three positions. Besides the Pistons and Magic, the other clubs are the Rockets, Wolves, Thunder, and Cavaliers. Detroit is 5-5 versus that group while the Magic are 6-4 and both clubs have to play the Wolves once more.
The majority of clubs (22 or 23 if you count the Kings) are jostling for playoff seeding or to get into the play-in tournament. Detroit and Orlando are doing the opposite, with emphasis on losing this game to gain the advantage in case the clubs have identical records at season end.
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The cumulative score of the team’s two prior matches was 201 and 198
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