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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Magic/Pistons preview

The Magic (27-27, 9-17 road, T7th East) begin a home-and-home series with the surging Pistons (33-19, 17-10 home, 1st East) tonight. DET is coming off a tough 84-83 win at MIL TUE night. Chauncey Billups led DET with 19 pts. DET has won 6 of their last 7 home games and 8 of their last 9 games overall. Magic have lost 5 of their last 7 games and 13 of their last 15 road games. DET has held 7 of their last 9 opponents to 90 pts or less.

DET is led in scoring by G Rip Hamilton at 21.5 ppg; G Chauncey Billups 17.8 ppg. 7.6 asts; F Tayshaun Prince 14.6 ppg, 5.6 rebs; F Chris Webber 12.7 ppg on 56.8% FGs, 7.3 rebs; and F Rasheed Wallace 12.6 ppg, 8.2 rebs. DET averages 96.3 ppg, while allowing 92.6 ppg. The Magic average 94.3 ppg, while allowing 93.5.

DET beat the Magic 97-83 in DEC at ORL. They did not have Webber then, so they will only be tougher now, as Webber has proven to be a valuable pickup. ORL has lost 4 straight at DET, and 9 of their last 11 overall in DET. DET is a 7 1/2 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 4:44 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Haven't decided if I'm going to watch this game or not. I'm still pissed about the effort they put out in NY. But if i don't, they'll probably play great then i'll be kicking myself.

  • At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i expect the magic to play well but still lose.

  • At 5:34 PM, Blogger Matt said…

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  • At 5:35 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Don't forget the "Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde" effect. You never know which character will show up on any given night. One last note; we tend to forget that Grant has been one of the most consistent players on the team. Except for a few nights off, here and there, he is providing 15-20 points on consistent basis. As far as consistency, only Dwight is more consistent than Grant. Hedo, Jameer or any other player do not fall anywhere on that consistency spectrum.

  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The pistons dont pound it inside as well as the knicks,so the magic actually have a better chance tonight than they did against the knicks.Last night no player for the magic had more than 3 assists,dwight and darko only had one combined which shows without shooters on the floor team assists go way down,hopefully keith and JJ will get more minutes,thats our only chance.


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