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Ben Gordon back for the Pistons, Dwight Howard questionable for the Magic tonight

Essentials

  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons
  • Date: April 3, 2012
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

  • Pistons: 19-33
  • Magic: 32-21

Probable starters

Pistons:

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Jason Richardson
  • Hedo Turkoglu
  • Glen Davis
  • Dwight Howard

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +5.5

Over/under: 182

Score: Magic win, 99.75-94.25

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Notes

1. Gordon will play, Stuckey won’t, per David Mayo:

Rodney Stuckey (hamstring) remains out, but said last weekend that he anticipates returning for Thursday’s game against Washington.

That means Austin Daye should get good minutes once again, although I’d be surprised if Gordon doesn’t get the start. Daye’s workload has increased a lot over the last three games with Gordon and Stuckey out. His shooting though? Not so much … he’s just 9-for-24 overall and 2-for-6 from three in that stretch.

2. Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson are questionable, per the Orlando Sentinel:

Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard made the trip to Michigan on Monday, an Orlando Magic spokesman said. But it’s unclear if the injured players will play when the team faces the Detroit Pistons tonight.

Howard was out with back spasms in Orlando’s previous game, but I’d be surprised if he doesn’t suit up tonight. The Magic have lost three straight and he’s capable of destroying Detroit’s frontcourt. It would be a nice boost for the Pistons, though, if they could avoid both Howard and Anderson tonight.

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