NBA: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic

The lone NBA game on the slate offers some intriguing trends

March 17, 2022

Pistons at Magic 

Amway Center – Orlando, FL 
7:00 PM ET 
Orlando -4.0 

While the sports world turns its attention toward the brackets, Cinderellas and buzzer beaters in the NCAA Tournament, the NBA goes mostly dark for the day. Mostly. 

In Orlando, a pair of 18-win teams square off in a battle between the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference. The Magic (18-52) host the Pistons (18-51), in a game that probably won’t garner a lot of attention. 

But it should. There is some value to be had. 

Of course, that all depends on the availability of Cade Cunningham. The number one overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft is questionable. His availability is crucial, as he’s Detroit’s leading scorer at 16.9 points per game. 

If Cunningham is a go, the line would move significantly. It’s basically a coin-flip game at that point. That’s because the trends favor the Pistons. 

Jan 28, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Trey Lyles (8) blocks a shot by Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris (14) during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

In their last six games as a road underdog, the Pistons are 6-0 against the spread (ATS). And in their last 12 games overall, the Pistons are 11-1 ATS. That’s difficult to ignore. 

Watch the injury report. And be ready to pounce. 

If Cunningham is a go, jump on the Pistons. If he’s not, hop on the Magic. 

Jason Schlefsky’s pick:

Detroit +4.0 (-110) 

Wednesday’s Winners 

Phoenix -11.5 (-110) 

Minnesota -9.5 (-110)