Pistons vs Magic Prediction - NBA Picks 12/8/23

Orlando Magic (14-7) vs Detroit Pistons (2-19)

Game Info: Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic -11.5 -- Over/Under: 227.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Pistons invade the Amway Center to take on the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Here’s a Pistons vs Magic prediction.

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons have been in a world of hurt as they've now lost 18 in a row after getting routed by the struggling Grizzlies in a 116-102 loss on Wednesday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 22 points and seven assists, Jalen Duren added 17 points with 11 rebounds while Cade Cunningham chipped in with 16 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Pistons shot 45 percent from the field and 11 of 35 from the 3-point line which was good enough to hang in the contest until the Grizzlies opened the fourth quarter with a pivotal 8-0 run to pull away and send the Pistons to their 18th straight loss.

Detroit Pistons Player Facts

  • Cade Cunningham ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (89.7%) this season.
  • Isaiah Stewart ranks 7th amongst qualified Centers for 3P% (36.9%) this season.

Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic look to have cooled off from their nine-game win streak as they are now hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting beaten by the Cavaliers in a 121-111 road loss on Wednesday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 42 points on 16 of 26 shooting, Cole Anthony added 19 points off the bench while Franz Wagner chipped in with 14 points, six rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Magic shot 48 percent from the field and a miserly two of 23 from the 3-point line as they got off to a terrible start and never recovered after allowing the Cavaliers to outscore them by 37-20 in the first quarter. Gary Harris had a rough night as he scored just eight points on one of seven shooting while Franz Wagner shot just three of 16 from the field and zero of five from the 3-point line.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Goga Bitadze ranks 15th amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (1.4) this season.
  • Paolo Banchero ranks 25th amongst qualified players for 3P% (42.4%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.1).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.0).
  • The Pistons rank 29th in the league for point differential per game this season (-9.2).
  • The Pistons rank 29th in the league for steals per game this season (6.2).

Pistons vs Magic prediction

The Pistons are still missing Jalen Duren and Joe Harris is listed as questionable, while the Magic are keeping eyes on Jonathan Isaac and Jalen Suggs who are both currently questionable. The line is quite hefty for this one, but the Magic are a solid team, looking for a win to get their season back on track and they have the ideal opponent in the Pistons who haven't won since Oct 28. Give me the Magic to bounce back into form with a big win and cover at home, especially with Banchero coming off a 42-point performance. 

Peter’s Pick Orlando -11.5

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