Detroit come to Orlando for a Sunday night clash with the Magic having an opportunity to close the gap to the Bulls for a play-in seeding.
- The tip off time from the Amway Center is 11pm for us U.K. fans (6pm in Orlando).
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The Orlando Magic
- Orlando have a 33-44 record, remaining 13th in the Eastern Conference. The play-in race is all but over but Chicago have a tough game tonight, playing at home to the NBA’s form team; the Memphis Grizzlies at 8:30 pm. A win for Orlando and loss Chicago keeps the Magic’s chase alive.
- Coming into the game the Magic have won 6 of the last 10 played.
- Orlando has a home record of 19 wins and 19 losses this campaign.
- On the season Orlando score 111.8 points per game (26th of 30) and concede 114.1 points per game (17th of 30).
- On the road in Washington the Orlando Magic overcame a 16-point deficit (11 at the start the fourth quarter) to defeat the Wizards by 116-109 on Friday. Paolo Banchero had himself another strong game with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Markelle Fultz in front of his hometown crowd scored 25. Cole Anthony finished with 16 points came up big in the final quarter, as did Franz Wagner for his total 20 points.
The Detroit Pistons
- The Pistons have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and across the NBA at 16-61.
- Coach Dwane Casey’s team have won only 1 of their last 10 played, losing 8 games straight. Their road record is sat at 7-31.
- Detroit score 110.7 points per game (28th of 30) and concede 118.6 (27th of 30).
- Last time out in a tanking battle Detroit lost in Houston, 115-121. A total of 7 Pistons’ players made double digit scoring, being lead by 21 from Marvin Bagley III. Jaden Ivey dropped 18 points, whilst dishing out 9 assists.
Squad And Injury News As Detroit Come To Orlando
- Kevon Harris is again out for Orlando with an elbow bruise.
- Jonathan Isaac (hamstring) remains out for the season for the Magic.
- For Detroit Cade Cunningham, Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks, Hamidou Diallo, Rodney McGruder and Isaiah Stewart are all out.
The Big Picture
- The regular season head-to-head of 122 games sees the Pistons leading 52-70. Detroit lead the season meetings 2-1. Last season saw the series taken 3-1 by the Pistons, having won 10 of the last 16 played.
- The second game between the two sides this season saw the Moritz Wagner, Killian Hayes, Hamidou Diallo skirmish. 8 of the Magic squad were suspended for leaving the bench.
- The Pistons rate second for free throws per game attempted (25.8) and 5th for made (19.8).
- They crash the offensive glass. Grabbing 11.3 offensive rebounds per game results in a lot of second chance opportunities.
- Detroit rank top 10 in second chance points per game with 15.0 of them per outing.
- Pistons centre Jalen Duren is leading all rookies in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game, 3.4 coming at the offensive end.
- Detroit rely on assists to come from Killian Hayes and Jaden Ivey, combining for 11.2 per game.
- Paolo Banchero continues to lead the Magic scorers with 20 points per game. He is followed by Franz Wagner (18.8), Wendell Carter Jr (15.5), Markelle Fultz (14.1) and Cole Anthony (12.9).
Two To Watch As Detroit Come To Orlando
- Cole Anthony across his last 15 games has produced 16.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists per game with a field goal percentage of 48% and 90% from the free throw line. Cole is leading the bench and is invaluable as a closer. He was clutch in our last game against Washington, drilling three straight jumpers midway through the fourth quarter, which shot Orlando into the lead.With every game Anthony is growing as a player and a team leader.
- Over the past 4 weeks James Wiseman has played 13 games for Detroit, leading the team over that period in 8.46 rebounds and 1.15 blocks per game. He is also contributing freely over this time with 14.38 points per game. Wiseman is taking the opportunity given since being traded from the Golden State Warriors in February. His will be an interesting and pivotal contest against Wendell Carter Jr.