"Magic Number" down to 4 for clinching playoff berth
The Magic (36-41, 13-25 road) take on DET (50-27, 24-14 home) WED night, in a game that has been added to the ESPN schedule. DET needs one win to clinch the best record in the East. DET is coming off a 91-83 win over NY on MON. G Chauncey Billups led the Pistons with 22 pts. DET has won 7 of their last 10 games.
DET is led in scoring by G Rip Hamilton, averaging 20 ppg; Billups 17.2 ppg, 7.2 asts; F Tayshaun Prince 14.6 ppg, 5.4 rebs; F Rasheed Wallace 12.9 ppg, 7.5 rebs; and F/C Chris Webber 12 ppg, 7 rebs. DET averages 96.1 ppg, while allowing 91.8 ppg. ORL averages 94.7 ppg, while allowing 94.5 ppg.
DET is 3-0 against the Magic this season, with the Magic scoring an average of just 86.7 ppg in those losses. DET has beaten the Magic 5 games in a row at DET. This game is a possible playoff preview if the Magic finish in the 8th seed.