NBA Betting Picks for 3/17/22 Banker and Parlay

By @SpreadAstaire

Last night’s Banker pushed, but we cashed our second winning 2 team parlay of the week. Tonight there’s only one game on the schedule. We will not let that hold us back, however. Let’s take a look at today’s NBA odds to find another winning Banker and 2 team parlay.

Detroit Pistons vs Orlando Magic

Originally I was hoping to use their player props to create my parlay for the day, but it doesn’t appear that I’m going to get player props in time to be published. Therefore, we’re going to have to attack only the side and total of this game.

Let’s take a look at the total for this game. It opened at 219 and we have not seen a lot of line movement overnight. I’m not sure if it’s because the books posted a number that bettors think is proper, or if everyone is so focused on the NCAA tournament starting today that nobody has bet this line.

I believe this game will start slow. The Pistons will likely be missing their two best offensive players and will be working players such as Marvin Bagley and Killian Hayes into the mix. These players have yet to fully develop chemistry with one another and have weaknesses on the defensive end. This game should also be played at a slower pace. The Pistons scored an average of 44 points in the first half of their first two games on this road trip.

The Magic have been averaging 57 points in their first halves for their current homestand. So which team will be the one to set the tempo? I think the Orlando Magic will play the slower style that Detroit prefers. The Magic also have had problems with their shooting efficiency, so even in a higher-paced game, they could still fail to put up the same amount of points that they have in their last three high-pace contests. Today’s Banker is Detroit Pistons/Orlando Magic first half Under 112.

Banker: Detroit Pistons/Orlando Magic 1st Half Under 112 at +110(1.91) at BetUS


I like the Orlando Magic to get the job done here today. Detroit is definitely going to have problems going without their two best players in the lineup. Detroit will be emphasizing the development of young players rather than trying to get the victory with their veterans. Without Cade Cunningham in the lineup, Orlando’s young players are better than Detroit’s young players. Orlando won by 16 points the last time these teams met in Florida. The first half of the 2 team parlay is the Orlando Magic -3.5.

For many of the same reasons I liked the first half under, I like the full game under as well. I really see Detroit struggling to score here. The Magic will succumb to Detroit’s slower pace and be content to work half-court shots against Detroit’s depleted roster. Detroit is not the best defensively with this current iteration of their team either, so Orlando should find some success in the half-court. Detroit has gone under 4 of their last 5 games. The Magic have gone under 5 of their last 7 games. The second half of the 2 team parlay is Under 219.

Parlay: Orlando Magic -3.5/Under 219 at +265 (3.65) at BetUS

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