The Magic enter this clash a relatively disappointing 20-31 after 7 losses in their last 8 games. Nikola Vucevic was a bright spot against OKC last time out, pouring in 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Aaron Gordon also had a very solid outing of his own, dropping 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists in the defeat.
The Pacers make the trip to Orlando off a back-to-back against Washington last night. They have struggled in the absence of Victor Oladipo, losing as a favourite in Memphis before getting crushed by Golden State last time out. Bojan Bogdanovic is second on the team averaging 16 points and will need to step up with Oladipo out for the year.
Prediction: Under 211.5
Given the injury to Oladipo, both of these sides lack backcourt creation. Especially with Indiana on a back-to-back, I expect more of a slow-paced, grind it out style of game that ultimately goes under this total.
The Pistons find their playoff hopes slowly slipping away and currently find themselves 21-28. Reggie Jackson had a rare solid night against Milwaukee last time out, pouring in 25 points and 5 assists. Blake Griffin had another stellar display, this time going for 18 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds.
The Mavericks enter this one off a back-to-back, having played in New York last night. They beat the Pistons at home just a week ago, led by 32 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists from Luka Doncic. DeAndre Jordan also contained the solid Pistons frontcourt, registering a valuable double-double to help secure the win.
Prediction: Pistons -2
This is another game where I’m comfortable playing off the revenge factor here. Detroit narrowly lost in Dallas last week and they’ve got a notable rest advantage. Expect a big night from Blake Griffin en route to a Pistons win and cover.
The Raptors enter this one at a very solid 37-15 after a road win in Dallas last time out. Kawhi Leonard again led the way, this time pouring in an impressive 33 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Lowry was strong in his usual support role, adding 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists of his own.
The Bucks currently find themselves with the best record in the NBA, sitting pretty at 36-13. Giannis Antetokounmpo was excellent against Detroit last time out, totalling 21 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds. He was capably supported by Eric Bledsoe, who put up 20 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds of his own.
Prediction: Raptors -2.5
Having lost twice to Milwaukee already this season, this is a game Toronto needs more in my opinion. I think they have the best player on the floor in Kawhi Leonard, who should win his matchup with Giannis. Laying only 2.5 points, I think the Raptors talent, depth, and homecourt advantage helps get it done.