Date: Nov. 3, 2009
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Detroit +6.5
Score: Orlando wins, 100-94
Detroit offensive rating: 100.9 (21st)
Detroit defensive rating: 99.7 (7th)
Detroit pace: 87.2 (30th)
Orlando offensive rating: 123.0 (1st)
Orlando defensive rating: 111.0 (20th)
Orlando pace 92.2 (20th)
Score: Tie, 100-100
The Magic are the first team the Pistons play this year that made the playoffs last season. You’d like to Detroit have a winning record after opening with weaker competition, but Orlando isn’t unbeatable.
Although Richard Hamilton will be out for Detroit, the Magic are missing three starters:
- Vince Carter is a game-time decision, but he’s doubtful with a sprained ankle, according to OrlandoMagic.com
- Mickael Pietrus stayed in Orlando with the flu, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
- Rashard Lewis is still serving his suspension for failing a drug test (the Pistons luckily play the Magic twice while he’s out).
Orlando is still probably better than Detroit. But it’s not a slam dunk.