Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC vs. DETROIT PISTONS
Wednesday, Feb. 17. 7:00 p.m.
With the All-Star break now behind them, the Orlando Magic (36-18, 20-5 home) will tip off the second half of their push for the postseason on Wednesday when they host the rival Detroit Pistons (19-33, 6-18 road) for the final time this season at 7 p.m. ET. After dropping their first matchup in Detroit this season, the Magic have rattled off two straight victories against the Pistons. In their last meeting on Jan. 31, superstar center Dwight Howard erupted for 16 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to help Orlando earn a 91-86 road win and secure Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy's place in the All-Star Game. The Magic will need another superb performance out of Howard if they hope to notch a victory against an opponent that always brings a high level of intensity and finds a way to give them trouble. "That is how they play," Van Gundy said about Detroit. "They play very, very hard." While Orlando is looking to build upon on the first half of its season, the Pistons are attempting to put their pre-All-Star performance behind them. Perennial playoff-contender Detroit finds itself with the fourth-worst record in the Eastern Conference.
|Detroit||19-33||4th Central / 12th East||92.0||96.4||Road 6-18||Won 1||4-6|
|Orlando||36-18||1st Southeast / 2nd East||101.2||95.9||Home 20-5||Lost 1||7-3|
Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Magic are 12 point favorites.
Also, check out this interview by John Denton of the Magic's official web site with Magic GM Otis Smith.