Wizards and Pistons Are Good Bets in Wednesday’s NBA Slate

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 2:44 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 2:44 PM UTC

The Wizards will battle the Magic as the two teams struggle to stay alive in the playoff race, while the Pistons and Heat are both cemented in the top eight seeding.

Orlando (31-37 SU, 34-32 ATS) at Washington (28-39 SU, 32-35 ATS)

Wednesday 7 P.M. ET

Free NBA Pick: Wizards ATS

Best Line Offered: Bovada

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The Orlando Magic will visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night in a matchup of teams chasing the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The ninth-place Magic trail the eighth-place Miami Heat by one game and the 11th-place Wizards are 3 ½ games behind the Heat.

The Wizards opened a crucial five-game homestand with a 121-115 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. After Orlando, the Wizards welcome the tenth-place Charlotte Hornets on Friday. Washington entered the game second-last in the league in rebounding margin but equaled the Kings with 47 boards.

The Magic, who have lost three of four, were dealing with health issues on Tuesday. Starting forward Aaron Gordon sat out practice because of injured ribs he sustained during Sunday's loss in Memphis and is listed as questionable for Wednesday night. Gordon is the team's second-leading scorer (15.9 points per game) and rebounder (7.4).

The Magic made only one field goal in the final 7:57 on Sunday, allowing Memphis to overcome a seven-point Orlando lead for a 105-97 win. Mike Conley's basket with 14 seconds left put Memphis ahead 100-97 and on the ensuing Orlando possession, Conley stole the ball from Terrence Ross along the Orlando baseline to put the game out of reach.

The Wizards hold a 2-1 series lead, winning 117-109 in Washington on Nov. 12 and 95-91 at Orlando on Jan. 25. The Magic won 117-108 at home on Nov. 9. Washington is 20-12 at home while Orlando is 13-21 on the road. The Wizards opened up as three point favorite and should be able to handle the Magic at home where they are 18-16 ATS on the year.

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Detroit (34-32 SU, 33-32-1 ATS) at Miami (31-35 SU, 35-31 ATS)

Wednesday 7:30 P.M. ET

Free NBA Pick: Pistons ATS

Best Line Offered: Just Bet

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It’s a matchup of Eastern Conference teams looking to build some momentum down in South Beach. The Detroit Pistons are on the road as they make the trip down to face the Miami Heat Wednesday night. Detroit was pasted 103-75 on the road by Brooklyn in their last game Monday night. Miami was drubbed 125-104 at home by Toronto in their last contest Sunday afternoon. The Heat owns a 58-54 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the Pistons have taken two of the three previous meetings this season. That includes a 119-96 road win in the last matchup on February 23.

Detroit had their five-game win streak snapped as they were pasted by Brooklyn on the road in the second game of a back to back. The Pistons enter this one seventh in the Eastern Conference, four games clear of ninth-place Orlando to remain in the playoff picture. Detroit trailed by eight after the opening quarter before getting outscored 34-16 in the second to trail by 26 at the half. The Pistons never got closer than 18 in the second half as they were outplayed. Detroit shot a measly 27.8 percent from the field, including eight of 34 from three-point range, and was edged 53-49 on the glass. Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 13 points and 20 rebounds in the loss.

Miami was trounced at home by Toronto Sunday afternoon in their last game so they are looking to regroup. The Heat enters this one holding the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of ninth-place Orlando. Miami trailed by five after the opening quarter and by 14 at the half: they didn’t get closer than nine the rest of the way. The Heat shot 45.7 percent from the field, including eight of 27 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 44-36 in the contest. Bam Adebayo led Miami with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists in the loss.

The Heat are only 14-20 ATS at home this season and will have their hands full keeping Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin from dominating the paint. Expect Detroit to create some separation between themselves and the Heat in the standings with a big win tonight.

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