Detroit Pistons (19-37) Orlando Magic (23-31)
NBA: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 7:00 PM (Capital One Arena)
ML: Pistons +255, Magic -325, Over/Under 209 (MyBookie)
Odds: Magic -7.5 (MyBookie)
The Detroit Pistons just keep losing, and their game against the Charlotte Hornets didn’t change that, losing the game 87-76. The only positive thing I can say about this game for the Pistons is that Thon Maker and Bruce Brown Jr earned a double-double on the night. Thon had 12 points and rebounds on the night, while Brown Jr had 12 rebounds and 10 points. That doesn’t matter when everyone scores, at most, 12 points and only 4 players earned double digit points.
The Orlando Magic exploded against the Atlanta Hawks after the first quarter on Monday, winning the game 135-126. Four different players earned at least 21 points on the night. Nikola Vucevic came extremely close to a triple-double, but instead earned 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Also, Aaron Gordon came close to a double-double with 26 points and 9 rebounds.
It seems that the Pistons are doing their best impression of the New York Knicks from last year, trading away their best player and losing every game since. After trading away Drummond on Thursday, they’ve lost every game. Only three players were able to score at least 15 points in a game over the past 3 games. To put it simply, they have been terrible without Drummond, which is good if they’re trying to tank. Now they just need to hope that their tanking doesn’t end up like the Knicks from last season.
The Magic may be an atrocious team offensively, but they absolute dominate when on the defense. Orlando is ranked 29th in points scored per game and field goal percentage, 28th in 3-pointer percentage, 19th in rebounds per game, and 24th in assists per game to put it statistically how terrible they are with the ball. However, to counteract that, Orlando is 3rd in turnovers per game, 6th in steals per game, 5th in blocks per game, and only lose by a difference of 1.6 points despite being one of the worst offensive teams. Hopefully they’ll be able to translate their defensive success to more wins after the All-Star break.
Detroit are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games this season.
Detroit are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Eastern conference.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Southeast division.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Orlando’s last 9 games against Detroit.
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Orlando’s last 13 games at home.
Orlando are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit.
The only chance that the Pistons had to win this game, or any game, was traded away to the Cavaliers last Thursday. The Pistons are going to win 2 more games this season at the most. Orlando is going to absolutely demolish the Pistons. I can’t emphasize enough how terrible the Pistons will be after that trade.