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Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic Predictions, Odds, Picks

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated October 14, 2022
16 min read
  • On a four-game losing streak, the Detroit Pistons are fighting to stay above Orlando in the standings.
  • The Orlando Magic look for a rare home win, as they have been more successful on the road.
  • The Pistons are 2-1 in their season series with the Magic.

Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic Odds

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Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic Predictions and Picks

Despite this being a matchup between two of the worst teams in the NBA, that tends to make for a difficult to predict result. Given Orlando’s slightly higher defensive standards and offensive versatility, the Magic should come out the winner.


Orlando Magic def. Detroit Pistons

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Head-to-Head: Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic

Detroit Pistons
Head-to-Head Orlando Magic
Dwane Casey Head Coach Jamahl Mosley
18-51 (14th in East) Standing 18-52 (15th in East)
L-L-L-L Form L-L-W-W
104.9 (28th of 30) Off Rtg 104.5 (29th of 30)
113.8 (24th of 30) Def Rtg 112.5 (21st of 30)
98.1 (17th of 30) Pace 99.3 (10th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Grant (19.0) PPG C. Anthony (17.3)
I. Stewart (8.4) RPG W. Carter Jr. (10.4)
C. Cunningham (5.3) APG C. Anthony (5.7)
H. Diallo (1.2) SPG C. Okeke (1.4)
I. Stewart (1.2) BPG M. Bamba (1.7)
M. Bagley III (.552)/C. Cunningham (6.5) FG%/FGM R. Lopez (.567)/C. Anthony, F. Wagner (5.8)
R. McGruder (.417)/S. Bey (2.5) 3P%/3PM R. Lopez (.400)/C. Anthony (2.1)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Frank Jackson Detroit Pistons 6 Mar 2022 Out (Back) Jackson is expected to be re-evaluated after a week.
Cade Cunningham Detroit Pistons 15 Mar 2022 Out (Illness) Cunningham was OUT for Detroit’s Tuesday (Mar 15) game.
Hamidou Diallo Detroit Pistons 15 Mar 2022 Out (Finger) Diallo was OUT for Detroit’s Tuesday (Mar 15) game.
Chris Smith Detroit Pistons 15 Mar 2022 Out (Knee) Smith was OUT for Detroit’s Tuesday (Mar 15) game.
Bol Bol Orlando Magic 18 Jan 2022 Out (Foot) Bol underwent foot surgery and will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks.
Jonathan Isaac Orlando Magic 15 Mar 2022 Out (Knee) Isaac will miss the rest of the season.
Jalen Suggs Orlando Magic 15 Mar 2022 Out (Ankle) Suggs was OUT for Orlando’s Tuesday (Mar 15) game.

How can the Pistons beat the Magic?

The Detroit Pistons face an Orlando Magic side with a similar make up to their own. Young and energetic, the Pistons will have to overcome the length of the Magic defence in order to find victory.

While their defense isn’t the most consistent, the Magic can threaten with their length and tenacity. In victories, Orlando forces 14.1 turnovers while holding their opponents to just 41.7% from the field.

One of the most turnover-prone teams in the league with 14.3 per game, Detroit need to remain composed. If they can’t take care of the ball and allow too many extra opportunities, it’ll be another in the loss column.

Pistons Key Player: (F) Jerami Grant

The Detroit Pistons are a weak team, filled with young and inexperienced players. The one player who stands out in terms of ability and experience is forward Jerami Grant. When Detroit face the Magic, Grant will need to carry the load for them.

In his last game, a loss to the Miami Heat, Grant struggled from the field. while he was able to get to the line 8 times, Grant only shot 8 of 20 from the field and hit just 1 of his 5 three-point field goal attempts.

Grant is the type of player whose range is most deadly when he can get his scoring going in the paint first. Shooting just 34.4% from deep, despite making 2.1 threes per game over his last 10 games, Grant would do well to improve his efficiency.

How can the Magic beat the Pistons?

The Orlando Magic need to be ready for a fight when they take on the Detroit Pistons. Detroit are an energetic team who love to find second and third opportunities through their energy and effort alone.

The Detroit Pistons are just 29th in the NBA in rebounds per game with 31.9, but are 7th overall in offensive rebounds per game with 11.1. Detroit execute a rather inefficient offense, but it can work in their favor as their energy can find them opportunities off misses.

Unfortunately for Detroit, Orlando are an excellent defensive rebounding team. Ranking 10th in the league in defensive rebounds per game 44.0, the Magic must merely maintain their standards to not get outworked on the glass.

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Magic Key Player: (G) Cole Anthony

The Orlando Magic have been having a dreadful season, but the emergence of Cole Anthony has been one of the few bright spots for them. Despite a blowout loss in their last game, Anthony still put up a solid performance.

Anthony led the way for the Magic in their last game, posting 19 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds in just 25 minutes of play. The game got out of hand early, but he was able to stay efficient going 5 of 11 from the field and 3 of 6 from three-point range.

Cole Anthony’s willingness to get to the rim is a benefit to his team. Leading his team in free throw attempts per game, the more Anthony gets to the line the better chance his team has of winning.

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Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic Information
Who Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic
Where Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
When 7:00 PM EST, March 17th, 2022
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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