Whichever Piston starts at center, Dwight Howard will be a handful

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic

Date: Jan. 24, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 16-28

Magic: 29-15

Probable starters

Pistons:

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Jason Richardson
  • Hedo Turkoglu
  • Brandon Bass
  • Dwight Howard

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +12

Over/under: 192

Score: Magic win, 102-90

Three things to watch

1. Who will start at center?

I’m intrigued whether Ben Wallace or Greg Monroe will start at center tonight. Earlier in the day, I explained why Wallace should get the nod.

2. Pistons’ fatigue

Before the season, I wrote of tonight’s game:

Third game in three cities in four nights + playing premier team = loss.

That still sounds right, but with the Pistons’ recent resiliency, they have a chance. If Detroit competes to the end, tonight will be encouraging.

3. Containing Dwight Howard

OK, I guess should add one new thought for this post. Historically, the Pistons have defended Dwight Howard’s Magic better than any team. Detroit’s luck might fully run out tonight if it hasn’t already. Howard was just named the Eastern Conference player of the Week for averaging 26.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.

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