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Game Preview: Detroit vs. Orlando

When

Date: March 9, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records

Detroit: 31-30

Orlando: 46-16

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Antonio
McDyess
Rasheed
Wallace

Orlando:

PG SG SF PF C

Rafer
Alston
Courtney
Lee
Hedu
Turkoglu
Rashard
Lewis
Dwight
Howard

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +2

Over/under: 187

Score: Orlando wins 95-93

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 106.6

Detroit defensive rating: 107.1

Detroit pace: 87.1

Orlando offensive rating: 109.9

Orlando defensive rating: 102.4

Orlando pace: 92.6

Score: Orlando wins 97-94

Outlook

The Pistons have owned the Magic. Detroit is 8-2 in its last 10 regular-season matchups and 8-1 in its last nine post-season matchups with Orlando.

One of the biggest reasons’ for the Pistons’ success is their ability to guard Dwight Howard with double-teaming.

I don’t have time for a lengthy preview, but I’ll leave you with a quick question. Would you rather Detroit be the sixth seed and play the Magic in the first round, or be the fifth seed and play Atlanta?

Remember, Atlanta swept the season series (3-0). Detroit is 2-0 against Orlando.

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