Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 2/23/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+7)
Amway Center is the location where the Orlando Magic will compete against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Orlando is 7-point favorites. The total comes in at 228.
The Pistons faced the Celtics and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 127-109 in their last game. Detroit ended with a 51.2% FG percentage (43 of 84) and made 11 of their 29 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pistons made 12 of 16 tries for a percentage of 75.0%. Pertaining to rebounding, they collected a total of 35 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 24 dimes for this game in addition to creating 11 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In the matter of the defense, Detroit allowed the other team to go 53.3% from the field on 49 of 92 shooting. Boston doled out 30 dimes and had 10 steals in this contest. Furthermore, Boston pulled down 43 rebounds (8 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Boston finished the game shooting 80.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of their 10 tries. They converted 21 out of their 45 shots from distance. In regard to fouls, the Pistons walked away with 16 and the Celtics totaled 18 fouls.
Bojan Bogdanovic is someone who played a role in the matchup. He accumulated 28 points on 12 out of 17 shooting. He played 33 minutes and pulled down 5 boards. Bogdanovic walked away from this one shooting 70.6% from the field and also earned 2 assists.
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Detroit heads into this one with a record of 15-44 on the year. They currently have an average of 112.3 points per outing (25th in the league) while hitting 45.5% from the floor. The Pistons are connecting on 35.4% on 3-pointers (693 of 1,960) and 77.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Detroit is grabbing 42.2 rebounds per contest and has 1,346 assists for the year, which has them ranked 26th in the NBA in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.9 times per game and as a group are committing 22.4 fouls per contest.
Defensively, the Pistons have forced 14.0 turnovers per game while drawing 21.7 fouls. They give up 36.1% on shots from distance while they are 29th in basketball in opponents points per game (119.9). The Pistons defense is allowing a FG percentage of 49.3% (2,579 of 5,232) and they relinquish 44.9 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 21st in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,513 conceded so far this season.
When they last played, the Magic took a loss by a final score of 123-113 when they played the Raptors. The Magic corralled 20 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 18 times, while earning 6 steals in the matchup. The Raptors earned 16 fouls in this contest which took the Magic to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throws for a clip of 77.8%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, Orlando converted 13 out of their 31 attempts (41.9%). Overall, the Magic shot 43 for 84 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.2%. The Magic permitted the Raptors to make 50 of their 83 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 60.2% in the matchup. They finished 33.3% from three-point range by shooting 8 out of 24 and ended up shooting 15 out of 20 from the free throw line (75.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Orlando permitted Toronto to grab 40 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
Wendell Carter Jr. was important for the Magic in the matchup. He converted 11 out of 15 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 73.3%, and added 6 rebounds. Carter scored 26 points in his 32 mins of playing time and had 5 dimes in the matchup.
Orlando has a win-loss mark of 24-35 so far this year. The Magic are committing 20.3 fouls every game and they hit 78.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 22.7 times per contest (27th in the league) and they cough up possession 15.2 times per game. Orlando has scored 6,543 points on the season (110.9 per game) and they pull down 42.6 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Magic are shooting 47.2% from the floor, which is ranked 17th in the NBA.
The Orlando defense surrenders 34.6% on three-point shots (759 of 2,194) and opponents are converting on 78.0% of their free throw shots. They give up 25.7 assists and 42.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 21st and 8th in the NBA. The Magic are ranked 17th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 113.7. They have forced 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.5% from the field (17th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Detroit (+7)
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