NBA Free Betting Pick – Wednesday March 23rd, 2016

This month I’m taking a look at the NBA match-up between the Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons.

Orlando Magic (29-41) @ Detroit Pistons (37-34)

Overview: The Orlando Magic are currently 29-41, 7.5 games behind the Bulls for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs race. The Magic have dropped their last 4 games after a 107-96 defeat at the Boston Celtics on Monday. The team shot 41.9% from the field, 68.4% from the free throw line, and 26.3% from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard Victor Oladipo led the team in scoring with 25 points. He also had 8 rebounds and 5 steals. He shot 10 of 17 from the field, 4 of 4 from the free throw line, and 1 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Evan Fournier tallied 13 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals. He was 5 of 15 from the field, 2 of 4 from the free throw line, and 1 of 6 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Aaron Gordon contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds. He was 6 of 14 from the field and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Backup power forward Andrew Nicholson came off the bench pour in 13 points. He also had 6 rebounds. He shot 5 of 8 from the field, 2 of 3 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Tonight is their 36th road game of the season. They are 11-24 on the road this season. Tonight is their 13th game versus a Central division opponent. This season they are 2-10 versus Central division opponents. Tonight is the 3rd game of a 4 game road trip. They are 0-2 on the current trip. Their next game is Friday at the Miami Heat. The Detroit Pistons are currently 37-34 and are tied with the Bulls for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons have won 3 in a row after a 92-91 victory at home versus the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night. The team shot 41.2% from the field, 76.5% from the free throw line, and 27.3% from the 3 point line from the free throw line. Starting small forward Marcus Morris led the team in scoring with 21 points. He also had 4 assists and 3 rebounds. He shot 8 of 9 from the field, 1 of 3 from the free throw line, and 4 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting center Andre Drummond tallied a double-double as he poured in 14 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. He was 7 of 16 from the field and 0 for 1 from the free throw line. Starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope netted 15 points. He also had 3 rebounds and 3 assists. He was 6 of 18 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 2 of 11 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Tobias Harris contributed with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. He shot 4 of 12 from the field and 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Tonight is their 35th home game of the season. They are 22-12 at home so far this season. Tonight is their 12th game versus a Southeast division opponent. This season they are 4-7 versus Southeast division opponents. Tonight is the 5th game of a 9 game home stand. They are 3-1 during their current home stand. Their next game is Friday at home versus the Charlotte Hornets.

Detroit was victorious in their first meeting with Orlando this season. The Pistons have won the last 4 meetings with the Magic. After tonight the 2 teams play one more time this season: April 6th at Orlando.

Prediction: The Pistons are in a fight to make the playoffs so every game going forward will be important for them.

Play: Pistons -6.5 (Bet365)

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