Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons - 10/30/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons - 10/30/21 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons (0-4) vs Orlando Magic (1-4)

Game Info: Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons -5.5 -- Over/Under: 207 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic travel to Little Caesars Arena to do battle with the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

The Orlando Magic have been in rough shape to start the season as they’ve lost five of their first six games and they will be hoping to avoid a fourth straight defeat after last night’s 110-109 road loss to the Raptors. Cole Anthony led the team with 24 points and five assists, Jalen Suggs added 21 points, Wendell Carter Jr. provided 17 points with 12 rebounds while Mo Bamba chipped in with 14 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Magic shot 47 percent from the field and 16 of 34 from the 3-point line as they hung tough with the Raptors until the fourth quarter where Fred VanVleet took over. On the bright side, the Magic grew in confidence on the offensive end as the game wore on and they did a nice job of sharing the ball as six players finished in double figures in scoring.

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been in terrible form as they are now hoping to avoid a fifth straight defeat after getting stopped by the 76ers in a 110-102 road loss on Thursday. Saddiq Bey led the team in scoring with 19 points, six rebounds and two assists while Kelly Olynyk and Jerami Grant each scored 14 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Pistons shot just 40 percent from the field and 13 of 39 from the 3-point line as struggled to hang with the 76ers and fell behind by as many as 22 points, before rallying in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to just six points with 2:00 remaining.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days’ rest. The Pistons are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall.

Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Detroit, the Magic are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and the Magic are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Detroit.

The Magic will take plenty of confidence from last night’s narrow loss to the Raptors as they looked as good as they could for a losing team but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re one of the worst teams in the league at the moment. The Pistons have probably been worse as they’ve now dropped four in a row after losing to the shorthanded 76ers on Thursday. Grant is listed as probable for the Pistons in this one, but he is clearly hampered after scoring just 14 points in their loss. This is certainly a game I’d rather stay away from, but if I had to choose, I’d lean towards the Magic with the points even though they are playing on zero days' rest. 

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Peter’s Pick Orlando +5.5

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