Detroit faces Orlando, seeks to break 4-game skid

March 16, 2022 GMT

Detroit Pistons (18-51, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (18-52, 15th in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Detroit heads into the matchup against Orlando after losing four straight games.

The Magic are 10-34 in Eastern Conference games. Orlando gives up 112.2 points to opponents and has been outscored by 8.0 points per game.

The Pistons are 14-28 in conference matchups. Detroit has a 4-30 record in games decided by 10 or more points.

The teams meet for the fourth time this season. The Magic won 119-103 in the last matchup on Jan. 29. Franz Wagner led the Magic with 24 points, and Trey Lyles led the Pistons with 18 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Cole Anthony is averaging 17.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the Magic. Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging 19.0 points over the last 10 games for Orlando.


Saddiq Bey averages 2.5 made 3-pointers per game for the Pistons, scoring 15.8 points while shooting 34.1% from beyond the arc. Cade Cunningham is averaging 22.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and six assists over the past 10 games for Detroit.

LAST 10 GAMES: Magic: 5-5, averaging 109.8 points, 47.4 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 6.4 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 43.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.7 points per game.

Pistons: 4-6, averaging 108.7 points, 43.6 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 5.8 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.6 points.

INJURIES: Magic: Jonathan Isaac: out for season (knee), Bol Bol: out (foot), Jalen Suggs: out (ankle).

Pistons: Chris Smith: out (knee), Frank Jackson: out (back), Cade Cunningham: out (illness), Hamidou Diallo: out (finger).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.