Pistons vs Magic Prediction NBA Picks 3/3/24

Orlando Magic (34-26) vs Detroit Pistons (9-50)

Game Info: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Kia Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic -10.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Detroit Pistons invade the Amway Center to do battle with the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. Here’s a Pistons vs Magic Prediction.

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons have been in terrible shape as they've lost seven of their last eight games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting beaten by the Cavaliers in a 110-100 loss on Friday. Cade Cunningham led the team with 21 points and 10 assists, Jaden Ivey added 18 points while Isaiah Stewart chipped in with 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. As a team, the Pistons shot just 37 percent from the field and 10 of 36 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace right from the start, falling behind by as many as 26 points in the third quarter, before they made a run in the fourth quarter to get to within seven points until they ran out of time.

Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in great shape as they've won five of their last six games overall and they will be aiming for a third straight win after outlasting the Jazz in a 115-107 win on Thursday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Jalen Suggs added 15 points while Franz Wagner and Moritz Wagner scored 14 points apiece. As a team, the Magic shot 54 percent from the field and 10 of 30 from the 3-point line as they found themselves with a real arm wrestle with the Jazz in a close contest, until they closed the final 1:42 on an 11-4 run to secure the gritty win at home. The Magic will face the Hornets after this game.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Paolo Banchero is one of only three players in the league to be leading his team for points, rebounds and assists this season.
  • Jalen Suggs ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.

Detroit Pistons Player Facts

  • Jalen Duren ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.0) this season.
  • Cade Cunningham ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for assists per game (7.4) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (24.2).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.4).
  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for steals per game this season (6.1).
  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for opponent steals per game this season (8.8).

Pistons vs Magic Prediction

The Pistons have been relatively healthy lately, but it hasn't translated to many wins and now they're up against a Magic squad who are starting to heat up with five wins in their past six games. It's no surprise that the Magic are double digit favorites at home in this spot and I think it's justified as they've been on a roll, they have all their key players available and they are playing some of their best basketball of the season at the moment. Give me the Magic to continue their strong form with a win and cover at home in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Orlando -10.5

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