Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 30, 2021
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
Where to Watch: BSDET+
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Magic +5.5, Pistons -5.5; Over/Under: 207 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Magic +5, Pistons -5; Over/Under: 206 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Magic +5.5, Pistons -5.5; Over/Under: 206.5 points
Orlando Magic: 1-5 (5th place, Southeast Division)
Detroit Pistons: 0-4 (5th place, Central Division)
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Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons Preview and Analysis
Orlando Magic: 1-4 last 5
Detroit Pistons: 0-4 last 4
Orlando Magic Analysis
The Magic are coming into this game with a 1-4 record overall to start their season off and they are 1-2 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. After getting their first win of the season against the New York Knicks last Sunday, they have gone on a 2 game losing streak since then coming into this game. They lost to the Miami Heat and to the Charlotte Hornets in their last game, losing both games by 9 or more points. They lost that game to the Hornets in a game that was close up until the fourth quarter where they let it slip away from them. Cole Anthony led their team in points in their last game with 24 while Wendell Carter Jr. was next on the team with 20 points. Anthony also led the team in assists with 6 while Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba both led the team in rebounds with 10 each. Their offense is averaging 100.8 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 115 PPG against them. The Magic opened their last game as a 6.5 point underdog and that line closed around 5.5 points while the point total opened at 220.5 and closed around 221 points. The Magic did not cover the spread in that game losing it by 9 points while the game went over the total with 231 total points.
Detroit Pistons Analysis
The Pistons are coming into this game with a 0-4 record overall to start the season off and they are 0-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. The Pistons have opened their season with 4 straight losses against the Chicago Bulls twice, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game. They are the only winless team left in the NBA but they have played 3 tough teams in their first 4 games and now have their easiest opponent that they have seen yet. They lost their last game to the 76ers in a game that they were trailing in the second quarter and into the second half and tried to make a bit of a comeback in the fourth quarter but it was not enough to get the job done. Saddiq Bey led the team in points in that game with 19 while Jerami Grant and Kelly Olynyk off the bench were both next on the team with 14 points each in that game. Killian Hayes led the team in assists in that game with 4 while Grant and Bey both led the team in rebounds with 6 each. Their offense is averaging 94 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 105.8 PPG against them. The Pistons opened their last game as an 11.5 point underdog and that line closed around 11 points while the point total opened at 217.5 and closed around 212 points. The Pistons covered the spread in that game losing by 8 points while the game stayed under the total and even pushed in some spots with 212 total points.
Magic vs Pistons Prediction
The Magic are coming into this game as a 5.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. These two teams are two of the worst teams in the NBA this season and the Magic will be playing in the 2nd game of a road trip where they were in Toronto for their last game. The Pistons are the only winless team left in the NBA and they will be desperate to get a win here against a very bad Magic team that they know they have a chance to beat here at home. The safest bet to place in this game is on the Pistons to win the game straight up on the moneyline and get their first win of the season here but the Magic will likely cover the spread here as they have been keeping their games close recently and the Pistons cannot be trusted to cover as a favorite in their current situation.
Magic Pistons Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Saturday, October 30, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Pistons 99 Magic 97.
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NBA Betting Trends
Orlando Magic: 327-357 O/U as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 981-1026 O/U in all games. 238-271 O/U when the total is 200 to 209.5. 523-554 O/U as an underdog. 353-387 O/U as a road underdog. 473-533 O/U in road games.
Detroit Pistons: 1025-1043 O/U in all games. 175-185 O/U when the total is 200 to 209.5. 536-496 O/U in home games. 327-352 O/U in the first half of the season.
Orlando Magic: E. Moore (SG) Out indefinitely - Knee injury. C. Okeke (PF) Out indefinitely - Hip injury. M. Fultz (PG) Out indefinitely - Knee injury.
Detroit Pistons: J. Grant (SF) Prob Sat - Oblique injury. C. Smith (SF) Ques Sat - Knee injury. C. Cunningham (PG) Ques Sat - Ankle injury. I. Livers (PF) Early Nov - Foot injury.
"Any time you go up against someone who was picked ahead of you, you know they were picked ahead of you. You're not a competitor if you don't think about stuff like that." - Cole Anthony after their loss to the Raptors on Jalen Suggs playing against the team that passed over him with the 4th pick in the NBA draft.
"I didn't start off the game well and missed some early reads and easy shots. The rhythm was a little off at the beginning. I want to win so bad that I'm going to find the rhythm and help the team as much as possible." - Saddiq Bey on the way he played in their loss to the 76ers in their last game.
PG Cole Anthony
SG Jalen Suggs
SF Franz Wagner
PF Wendell Carter Jr.
C Mo Bamba
PG Killian Hayes
SG Frank Jackson
SF Saddiq Bey
PF Jerami Grant
C Isaiah Stewart
PPG: C. Anthony (18.2)
APG: C. Anthony (5.7)
Reb/G: M. Bamba (10)
PPG: S. Bey (18.3)
APG: K. Hayes (3)
Reb/G: S. Bey (9.5)
Orlando Magic: Jamahl Mosley (2nd season)
Detroit Pistons: Dwane Casey (4th season)