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.

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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).

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