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The Magic Are Home For The Pistons

As Orlando basketball resumes after the All-Star Break the Magic are home for the Pistons. This is a battle of two young talented teams.

The Stats

The Orlando Magic

  • Orlando sit 13th in the East with a 24-35 record.
  • Orlando score 110.9 points per game (28th of 30) and concede 113.7 (16th of 30).
  • Orlando are now 5-5 in their last 10 games. The home record is 14-15, whilst on the road it stands at 10-20.
  • The Magic are 18th in the NBA for pace, with an offensive rating at 25th and are 17th in defence.
  • Orlando played last on February 14th, losing in Toronto 113-123. Wendell Carter Jr led the team with 26 points.

The Detroit Pistons 

  • Detroit are 15th in the Eastern Conference, with a 15-44 record.
  • Detroit score 112.3 points per game (25th of 30) and concede 119.9 (29th of 30)
  • The Pistons have won 3 of their last 10 games. Their road record is 7-23.
  • Detroit rank at 13th in pace, 26th on the offensive rating and 29th in the NBA’s defensive ratings.
  • The Pistons last played on February 15th, losing by 109-127 in Boston. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points.

Squad and Injury News

  • Orlando waived RJ Hampton and he has now signed for….The Detroit Pistons. He could make his debut for them tonight.
  • Caleb Houstan is on assignment to Lakeland Magic, as is Kevon Harris. Both are unavailable for Orlando tonight.
  • Detroit have Marvin Bagley III doubtful, RJ Hampton is listed as day-to-day. Cade Cunningham, Nerlens Noel, Buddy Boeheim and Jared Rhoden are out.

What To Expect As The Magic Are Home For The Pistons

  • The Pistons lead the NBA for free throws made (21.0) and attempted (27.1) per game.
  • They crash the offensive glass, grabbing 10.9 offensive rebounds per game.
  • Detroit rank top 10 in second chance points per game with 15.0 of them per outing.
  • Pistons center Jalen Duren is leading all rookies in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game, 3.3 of them at the offensive end.
  • With Cade Cunningham out assists for Detroit come from Killian Hayes and Jaden Ivey, combining for 10.4 per game.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic leads their scoring with 21.8 points per game. He is shooting 40% from three.
  • Orlando begin the season run in seeking growth. Standards have to improve, including reducing turnovers, controlling emotions and maintaining defensive focus.
  • Rookie Of The Year favourite Paolo Banchero leads the Magic in scoring with 19.9 ppg (shooting 41.9%).
  • Markelle Fultz leads Orlando in assists at 5.5 per game.
  • Wendell Carter Jr is providing 15.4 points and leads the Magic with 8.5 rebounds per game. 
  • Franz Wagner is averaging 18.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season.

Head-To-Head – The Detroit Pistons

  • This will be first meeting since the melee that saw 8 of the Magic squad suspended for leaving the bench. Perhaps there may be some ill feeling hanging over from the Moritz Wagner, Killian Hayes, Hamidou Diallo skirmish.
  • It is the third meeting of the season, with Detroit being 2-0.
  • Last season saw the series taken 3-1 by the Pistons.
  • The Pistons have won the last 3 meetings and 10 of the last 15 played.
  • The all time regular season head to head of 121 games sees the Pistons leading 51-70
  • Of the 19 games in the playoffs the record is again in the Pistons favour by 7-12. The Pistons took 3 of the 4 series played, most recently the 2008 Easter Conference semi-final.