Tuesday NBA odds: Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons

After starting the year terribly, the have been somewhat respectable and it’s not out of the question the team could make a push for the final playoff spot in the East – the Pistons currently are No. 10, five games behind No. 8 Boston. Detroit opened as a 4.5-point favorite for Tuesday’s game against Orlando. Check our current odds.

The Pistons (15-25) enter off a 103-88 home win over Boston on Sunday. Rookie Andre Drummond had 16 points and seven rebounds, and the Pistons routed the Celtics after returning from Europe. Detroit lost to the New York Knicks in London on Thursday, but didn’t look particularly weary in its first game back. The Pistons blew an 18-point second-quarter lead before pulling away again in the second half. Drummond went 5 of 6 from the field, repeatedly slipping free for dunks. He also made 6-of-8 free throws after entering the game shooting 39 percent from the line. That foiled Boston’s short-lived strategy of fouling to put him on the line.

The Magic (14-26) have probably been a bit better than people expected after trading Dwight Howard. Orlando has lost two straight, however. It was beaten 111-105 at home against Dallas on Sunday. The Mavericks led by 13 in the fourth quarter, before the Magic pulled within a basket in the final minute. Dallas hung on, with a combination of late stops, timely free throw makes, and a boost from a bench that outscored Orlando’s 40-28.

In his fourth game back since returning from a sprained left shoulder, Glen Davis had his strongest offensive output and led Orlando with 24 points. He was followed by Jameer Nelson with 20 and J.J. Redick’s 18. But familiar turnover and defensive issues plagued the Magic as they lost for the third time in four games. They also fell for the seventh straight time to an opponent with a sub-.500 record.

It’s the third meeting of the season between the teams. In the first, Detroit lost 110-106 at home Nov. 16. J.J. Redick scored 23 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 42.8 seconds left. Arron Afflalo scored 19 and Jameer Nelson added 13 points and 10 assists for Orlando, which had each of its starters score in double figures. Glen Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 boards. Orlando shot 55.8 percent from the floor in the second half, scoring 39 points in the fourth quarter alone. Detroit had six players score in double figures, including each of its starters. Greg Monroe had 23 points, Tayshaun Prince had 18 points, Kyle Singler scored 14 and Brandon Knight contributed 10 points and 12 assists.

The Pistons also lost 90-74 in Orlando on Nov. 21. Behind 11 first quarter points by Monroe, Detroit jumped out to a six point lead (27-21) after one by shooting 57.9% from the field. Magic clawed back in a relatively even second quarter, outscoring the Pistons 24-21 in the frame and cut the lead to three at halftime (48-45). Detroit went cold in the second half, including a third quarter in which it shot 2-for-21 from the field and scored just eight points. Orlando opened the second half with a 21-0 run, holding Detroit without a point until 2:15 left in the quarter. The Pistons could not find the range in the second half, scoring 26 points – one more than the franchise-low for a half – and shooting 8-for-44 (.182) from the field. Monroe led Detroit with 19 points and a team-high-tying eight rebounds while Rodney Stuckey scored 13 points with seven rebounds off the bench. Rookie Andrew Nicholson scored 15 of Orlando’s 44 bench points to lead the Magic.

WagerWeb.com trends: Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Magic are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. Pistons are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. Underdog is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings.

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