Game Day Preview
ORLANDO MAGIC at DETROIT PISTONS
Sunday, Jan. 31. 6:00 p.m.
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills, MI
Following their clash with the Hawks at home, the Orlando Magic will fly to Detroit for a battle with the Pistons on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. NBA champs in 2004, runners-up in 2005 and six consecutive Eastern Conference Championship series appearances from 2003-2008, Detroit has dealt with several key injuries, coaching changes and a revolving roster over the past two seasons. Unlike previous years when Dwight Howard and Co. had to contend with Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace on the inside and Chauncey Billups on the perimeter, the Magic know this is not the same Pistons team of old. In their last meeting on Nov. 6 at Amway Arena, Howard powered his way to 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Jameer Nelson and Matt Barnes each posted 18 points in an impressive victory. Vince Carter (sprained ankle) and Rashard Lewis (suspension) did not play in that game. Since their defeats in the postseason against Detroit in 2007 and 2008, the Magic seem to always want to prove they do not fear the Pistons in any way.
|Orlando||31-16||1st Southeast / 2nd East||101.1||96.0||Road 13-12||Won 2||6-4|
|Detroit||15-30||5th Central / 13th East||91.6||97.0||Home 11-13||Lost 4||4-6|
Here is the complete game preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Magic are 5 point favorites.