April 12, 2017
Sports Profit System aims to make it 7 wins in a row tonight as we head to the NBA playoffs red hot!
Starting tomorrow, there will be MLB picks on certain days.
Take Orlando Magic -2 spread against Detroit Pistons for 3% of the bankroll.
It is the final day of the NBA regular season and that means there are several meaningless matchups on schedule tonight. On paper, this is one of them but we believe there are certain subtle elements that gives Orlando a distinct advantage in this spot. In the following paragraphs, we'll examine a few of the reasons about why that is the case.
It's been a disappointing year for both of these franchises. Prior to the start of the season, both had playoff ambitions, especially Detroit, a team that was jawing back and forth with LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the first round of last year's post-season! Unfortunately for them, things fell apart after the All-Star break and despite numerous opportunities, they simply did not take advantage and slipped in the standings. The fact that the Pistons actually held a playoff spot for much of the year, only to fall out in the final few weeks makes it a much bigger mental blow than the Magic, whom realistically, were out of the running even at the All-Star break! Detroit players are demoralized and lacking motivation which has prompted their coaching staff to tinker with the lineup and give hungrier young players some minutes on the court.
Frank Vogel's team won't be going to the playoffs either but the fact that he's putting out the same starting lineup and rotations that he has for the last few months shows a commitment to his players that they appreciate. It also means the team knows how to run its sets and there isn't as much miscommunication on the court or broken defensive assignments. Meanwhile Stan van Gundy has been giving fringe players like Henry Ellenson and company playing time and has taken previous starer, Marcus Morris completely out of the rotation. Morris will apparently not even come off the bench tonight and that could be a big loss for them.
Reggie Jackson is out injured and as is Beno Udrih leaving Ish Smith as the only PG on this team. We believe Ish Smith and former Magic Tobias Harris (if he gets enough playing time off the bench) should do well but we're not so sure about everyone else given how minutes have come everybody's way so sporadically. It's been a revolving door at Detroit over the last few games and that doesn't allow the team to run its offense efficiently. Ish Smith will also have a much bigger-bodied Elfrid Payton on him in the point-guard matchup and could have difficulty doing it on his own.
Payton has found his stroke in the second half of the season and has even started recording Triple-Doubles! The athletic PG can rebound better than most guards and is adept at dishing out assists. He's at his best when he remains aggressive with his own shot and doesn't simply look to pass the ball. The Pistons are lackadisical right now and don't have much interest in this matchup. Orlando, however, is playing its final game of the season at home and wants to give the crowd a reason to buy season tickets next year! The fans will demand a certain level of performance from them while that isn't the case for the visitors. This might be a closely-contested game but we've seen Detroit fall apart in the 4th quarter all too often recently and wouldn't be surprised if it happens again. Look for Orlando to finish what's been a poor season on a high by winning and covering this short spread.
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