Magic And Pistons Battle For Playoff Seeding

Thursday, March 28, 2019 2:07 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019 2:07 PM UTC

Detroit is on a home winning streak, but the Magic are coming in as one of the hottest teams in the NBA looking to spoil the Pistons playoff seeding.

<p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Orlando (37-38 SU, 39-34-2 ATS) at Detroit (37-37 SU, 38-34-2 ATS)</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Thursday 7:00 P.M. ET</strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">Magic ATS</a></strong></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BOVADA" target="_blank">Bovada</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569085, "sportsbooksIds":[999996,1096,19,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">The Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons have been heading in opposite directions the last two weeks. If that trend continues on Thursday, the Magic will pass the Pistons in the Eastern Conference standings. The Magic (37-38) have won six straight to take the lead in the Southeast Division as well as move into the conference's eighth and final playoff position. The Pistons have lost four of their last five, all on the road, dropping to the .500 mark at 37-37.</p><p dir="ltr">Orlando followed up a 5-0 homestand with a big win at Miami on Tuesday, allowing the Magic to pass the Heat in the division. Center Nikola Vucevic led them to the 104-99 victory with 24 points and 16 rebounds. The Magic are in position for their first playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season.</p><p dir="ltr">The Magic's winning streak is their longest since the 2010-11 season, when they won nine straight in December and January. Orlando was down by nine at halftime in Miami but turned the game around by outscoring the Heat 34-19 in the third quarter.</p><p dir="ltr">The Pistons also had a big second half on Tuesday but it wasn't enough to overcome a very slow start. They trailed by 27 at halftime in Denver, then staged a furious rally. Blake Griffin missed a 3-point attempt in the closing seconds that could have sent the game to overtime. The 95-92 loss had the Pistons lamenting their first-half woes.</p><p dir="ltr">Detroit has been tough to beat at Little Caesars Arena, winning its last nine games at home, but the Magic are one of the best teams in the NBA when it comes to road ATS record with a mark of 20-16. Orlando is getting three and a half points on the road and should be a good bet for bettors to make on Thursday night’s NBA action.</p><p> </p>
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