Despite this game being a matchup between two of the worst teams in the NBA, it features some of the league's brightest young talent! The Orlando Magic enter this game off the back of a loss on Tuesday night - despite winning eight of their last 10 games. The Detroit Pistons on the other hand have lost nine of their last 10 games, now on a six-game losing streak.
The Orlando Magic find themselves 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 13-22 overall record and a 4-12 road record. The Detroit Pistons are 15th in the East, owning an 8-28 record and a 4-13 road record. Neither of these teams looks to be playoff bound, but it should be a fun match regardless.
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|Orlando Magic||Head-to-Head||Detroit Pistons|
|Jamahl Mosley||Head Coach||Dwane Casey|
|13-21 (13th in East)||Standing||8-28 (15th in East)|
|111.2 (24th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.8 (25th of 30)|
|114.1 (20th of 30)||Def Rtg||118.6 (29th of 30)|
|98.6 (20th of 30)||Pace||99.5 (14th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|P. Banchero (21.7)||PPG||B. Bogdanovic (20.9)|
|W. Carter Jr. (8.8)||RPG||J. Duren (8.3)|
|J. Suggs (1.4)||APG||K. Hayes (5.4)|
|J. Suggs (1.6)||SPG||K. Hayes, J. Ivey (1.1)|
|B. Bol (1.6)||BPG||J. Duren (0.8)|
|B. Bol (.595)/P. Banchero (7.2)||FG%/FGM||J. Duren (.629)/B. Bogdanovic (6.8)|
|K. Harris (.423)/G. Harris (1.6)||3P%/3PM||B. Bogdanovic (.409)/B. Bogdanovic (2.4)|
|Jonathan Isaac||Orlando Magic||14 Oct 2022||Out (Knee)||Isaac is yet to play this season and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Chuma Okeke||Orlando Magic||20 Dec 2022||Out (Ankle)||Okeke underwent a procedure on his knee and is expected to be out at least a month.|
|Jalen Suggs||Orlando Magic||22 Dec 2022||Out (Knee)||Suggs has been out since Nov. 25 and there is no timetable for his return.|
The Orlando Magic and the Detroit Pistons are surely looking at each other as a team that can help them get back on a winning track. The Orlando Magic are coming off of a loss in their last game, an embarrassing 19-point blowout to the Lakers. The Detroit Pistons have lost six games in a row, most recently blowing a late fourth-quarter lead in their last match against the Clippers.
The Pistons continue to be one of the grittier teams in the NBA, averaging 27.1 free throw attempts per game (1st in the NBA) while collecting 11.2 offensive rebounds per game (12th in the NBA). The Magic like to use their length to their advantage, holding teams to just 33.4% from three-point range (2nd in the NBA) while also holding teams to just 41.3 rebounds per game (3rd in the NBA). It probably won't be a pretty matchup, but it'll definitely be an up-and-down affair.
This doesn't project to be the prettiest game of the evening, but between the athleticism and pace that these teams can set, it should provide a fair share of exciting plays. Detroit are missing the defensive side that can limit Orlando's versatility, so the Magic should earn a victory.
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Both the Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic are lacking the finesse that better NBA sides own in their offensive execution. While two poor teams usually call for an all offense outing, both teams have lacked the efficiency to be truly effective on the offensive end. When these teams face off, expect a fast-paced game with their conversion rate hurting their total.
The Orlando Magic are averaging 110.3 points per game (27th in the NBA) while allowing 113.1 points per game (15th in the NBA). The Detroit Pistons average 111.2 points per game (24th in the NBA) while allowing 119.0 points per game (29th in the NBA). The Pistons have cleared 228.5 in 19 of their 36 games this season, while the Magic have 228.5 in just 13 of their 36 games this season.
Against inherently fast-paced teams, both the Magic and Pistons have struggled to be effective defensively - forcing a scoring battle that they tend to lose. Neither of these teams possesses top-tier pace, and they also struggle to be efficient from any region of the offensive end. This game doesn't project to have a high enough total.
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