NBA Picks: Magic vs. Pistons

PJ Laferla

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 1:01 PM GMT

Two lottery bound teams will face each other tonight, as the Magic clash on the court with the Pistons; and while neither team will make the postseason this year, one will cover the spread tonight. Find out which team we are backing with our NBA picks in this matchup.

Magic vs. Pistons: Betting Preview & Free Pick

The Orlando Magic (14-26 SU, 13-5 ATS away) take a trip to Motown this Tuesday evening to meet up with the Detroit Pistons (15-25 SU, 9-13 ATS home) in a contest that features two bottom feeder teams in the NBA this season, but one will be on the right side of the basketball betting odds in this matchup.

Tip off in this one is set to go at 7:30 PM EST from The Palace of Auburn Hills and can be seen live on television, with broadcast coverage provided by Fox Sports.

As it stands right now, the current NBA odds for the game have the Pistons listed as -5 point favorites at home and the over/under total is coming in at 196 ½ points.

Orlando Magic

The Magic come into this matchup having lost two straight and eight of ten overall. Offensively, they are shooting 45.7% from the floor, which is actually 8th best in the association this season, though their average of 95.4 points per game falls below the league average, ranking 19th on the list of all NBA teams.

Defensively, they are giving up just about 99 points per game (98.8), which is also below the league average at 19th best in the NBA. This could explain why 15 of their last 18 games overall have eclipsed the total.

That said, Orlando has been pretty good covering the point spread on the road this season. In fact, they are and impressive 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 games played away from the Amway Center.

Orlando is also 19-7 ATS in their last 26 versus Central Division opponents and 4-1 in their last five that follow a straight up loss.

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons have won six of their last ten games straight up, but still, they only own a dismal winning percentage of .375 on the season.

Detroit does feature a respectable defense that is holding opponents to less than 44% shooting from the field (43.9) and 96 points per game, both of which rank 9th best in the NBA this season.

They are a struggling team on offense, scoring an average of 95 points per game, which ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st best. However, they have gone over the posted total in seven of their last ten games played on one day’s rest.

Detroit is just 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 games played at home, but they are 7-3 in their last ten versus Eastern Conference opponents.

The home team in this matchup is 4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings.

[gameodds]5/134662/43/us[/gameodds]

The Pick

Orlando has punched many winning tickets for NBA bettors when playing on the road this season, but most of the time they were heavy underdogs, losing, but falling inside the number. Tonight they will lose outright once again on the road, but this time they won’t be fortunate enough to earn an ATS win. Detroit will cover the -5 point spread.

NBA Picks: Detroit -5