DET is led in scoring by Rip Hamilton at 21.9 ppg. G Chauncey Billups is averaging 17.5 ppg and 8.6 assists. F Prince is averaging 16.8 ppg, and F Wallace is averaging 13.5 ppg and 9.7 rebs. C Nazr Mohammed is at 7 ppg. Off the bench, Ronald Murray is averaging 6.4 ppg, and Antonio McDyess averages 5.4 ppg. DET averages 96.8 ppg, while allowing 94.8 ppg. ORL averages 95 ppg, while allowing 93.1 ppg.
A quick look at the Magic shows that DHoward leads the Magic in 4 categories: scoring (17.3 ppg), rebounds (13.2), FG % (60.6%), and blocks (2.1). JNelson leads in assists (4 per game) and steals (1.3). KDooling leads in 3 pt % (37.5%), and CArroyo leads in FT% (84.8%).
Before the win against DAL, DET had lost 2 games in a row to last place teams (CHA, POR). They are starting to get used to life without defensive mainstay Ben Wallace. DET has beaten the Magic 10 of the last 13 games. Magic are favored by 4 1/2 pts (www.pinnaclesports.com).