LIVE: Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons
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Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
A pair of Eastern Conference teams looking to find their rhythm take the floor in the Motor City. The Orlando Magic is on the road as they travel to face the Detroit Pistons Monday night. Orlando comes in off a 111-106 road loss to Indiana Saturday night in their last contest Saturday night. Detroit was dropped 104-90 on the road by Milwaukee in their last contest Saturday night. The Pistons lead the all-time regular season series 63-47 and took three of the four meetings last season. That includes a 115-98 home win in the most recent matchup on March 28, 2019.
Orlando Magic Seeking First Road VictoryOrlando dropped to 0-2 on their road trip as they dropped to 0-6 on the road this season. The Magic enters this game tied for second in the Southeast Division, five games behind the Heat. Orlando led by one after the first quarter, trailed by 10 at the half and stormed back to lead by two after three quarters. The game was tied in the final seconds when the Magic gave up the go-ahead three-pointer with 8.7 seconds to play and couldn’t get the equalizer. Orlando shot 46.7 percent from the field, including 13 of 31 from three-point range, but allowed the Pacers to shot 54.4 percent from the floor. Evan Fournier had 26 points to lead the Magic in the loss.
The Magic is 29th in the league in scoring offense with 102.1 points per game so far this season. Orlando is 12th in the league in rebounding with 46.2 boards per contest and tied for 22nd with 22.9 assists per game this season. The Magic is third in the league in scoring defense as they allow only 102.9 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic contributes 17.1 points plus 11.6 rebounds per contest this season. Evan Fournier is leading the team with 17.7 points per game this season. while Markelle Fultz (10.8 points) and D.J. Augustin (9.5 points, 4.4 assists) have contributed in the early going. The Magic will need more from Aaron Gordon (13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds), Al-Farouq Aminu and Jonathan Isaac (13.4 points, 7.2 rebounds) in order to have success. Orlando is last in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 42.6 percent from the floor as a team. The Magic are 27th in the league in threes per game as they knock down 9.7 triples per contest while the team is tied for 29th in three-point shooting by converting only 31.1 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Detroit Pistons Hoping for Home SuccessDetroit couldn’t follow up on their home win Friday night over Atlanta as they were drubbed on the road by Milwaukee Saturday night. The Pistons enter this one tied for the basement in the Central Division, eight games behind the Bucks. Detroit never led against Milwaukee but hung close for three quarters: they were down three after the first quarter, by seven at the half and by eight after three quarters. The Pistons gave up a 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter and that told the tale of the contest. Detroit shot 40.7 percent from the field, including 10 of 35 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 49-40. Derrick Rose finished with 20 points off the bench in the loss to lead the Pistons, who were without Blake Griffin.
The Pistons enter this contest 22nd in the league in scoring offense with 107.5 points per game on the season. Detroit stands 29th in rebounding with 41.4 boards per contest and 12th with 24.8 assists per game. The Pistons are just below the middle of the pack in scoring defense, ranking 18th by allowing 110.9 points per game. Andre Drummond is leading the team in the early going with 18.5 points, 16.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. Derrick Rose contributes 17.8 points plus 5.1 assists a night while Luke Kennard chips in 16.3 points per game. Blake Griffin has averaged 19.5 points plus 5.3 boards a contest since returning to the lineup. Markieff Morris adds 11.3 points plus 3.9 rebounds a night while Langston Galloway has chipped in 13.1 points a night. Detroit is tied for 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they hit 46.6 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Pistons are 15th in threes made per game with 12 per contest and stand second in three-point shooting as they connect on 39.2 percent of their shooting from beyond the arc. Reggie Jackson has missed the last 14 games with a back injury: it was diagnosed as a stress reaction on November 2 and he is expected to miss at least four weeks.
Detroit is logging their third game in four nights here but the Pistons at least have the advantage of playing at home. The Pistons are 4-3 at home compared to their 1-8 road mark this season. One would expect that Griffin would be back on the floor in this contest after he sat out Saturday in the Pistons’ last game. The Magic is miserable on the offensive end of the floor and they have struggled to put the ball on the basket all season long. Orlando has to prove that they can win on the road: until that happens, you have to fade them, even against a tired Detroit team. Give the points and look for Griffin and Drummond to carry the load here.
Orlando has really struggled on the road this season, which is going to cause an issue for the team here. The Magic is averaging only 99.5 points per game as the visiting team this season. Orlando is shooting only 40.9 percent from the field as a team in those contests. Detroit has been awful on the road but they do get the benefit of being at home for this contest. The Pistons are better on the offensive end of the floor, scoring 112 points per game as the hosts. Will Detroit find a way to drop the Magic to 0-7 on the road this season?
The over is 6-0 in the Magic’s last 6 overall, 5-0-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference foes and 4-0 in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Detroit has seen the over go 7-0 in their last 7 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points, 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 day of rest and 4-1 in their last five against teams with a losing record. The over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Detroit. Look for this one to have just enough offense to squeeze over the total.