- Teams: Orlando Magic (12-33) at Detroit Pistons (17-27)
- Date: January 28, 2014
- Time: 7:30 p.m.
- Television: FSD+
What to look for
The Detroit Pistons are hoping to rebound from their four-game skid with a win tonight against the Orlando Magic. Greg Monroe and company have seen three victories in the past 10 games and what’s more, the team is in danger of losing ground in the playoff race.
That makes tonight’s contest against the Magic a fairly important one. Detroit needs a win in the worst way, and Orlando owns the second-worst record in the sport. Don’t let that fool into you into thinking the contest is a layup though.
The Magic are fairly young and figuring things out, but they still have some talent. This was on full display December 27 when they hosted the Pistons and blew them out.
The Magic essentially obtained whatever shot they wanted against a porous Detroit interior defense that yielded 58 points in the paint. In addition, Arron Afflalo pretty much looked like Kobe Bryant in that game by virtue of the way he attacked the Detroit guards with his low-post game.
He tortured them with jumpers on his way to 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Orlando scored 109 points on 52.9 percent field-goal shooting.
On the other side of things, the Pistons were downright awful. They shot 41.1 percent from the field and only hit 9-of-18 free throws. Josh Smith was particularly dreadful as evidenced by his 2-for-13 shooting line.
The offensive numbers were simply ugly from Detroit’s standpoint. Luckily, one struggles to believe that very same performance will reproduce itself. The frontline missed an unusually large amount of shots at the rim, which suggests their scoring output will more than likely be better.
On another note, Tobias Haris and Nic Vucevic might not be household names, but they will certainly give Smith and Andre Drummond everything they can handle. They come with loads of potential and more importantly, actual production.
Expect a back-and-forth game where the outcome is decided late in the fourth quarter unlike the previous matchup.