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Magic at Pistons: Bottom-tier teams square off

Both teams enter Monday's contest coming off losses.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic look to get back in the win column Monday as they visit the Detroit Pistons, themselves coming off a loss.

Tipoff between Orlando and Detroit is set for 7:30 PM Eastern. Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM will offer live coverage in the Orlando market.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic's frontcourt acquitted itself in D.C., with Tobias Harris, Channing Frye, and Nik Vučević combining for 47 of the team's 93 points, but the guards let them down as the Washington Wizards ended Orlando's two-game winning streak by a 97-93 final. Though Orlando battled gamely with Washington, its guards got it off to a poor start, shooting 1-of-22 in the first half. Victor Oladipo finished with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting in his first start of the season.

Detroit's last time out: Despite a blistering shooting performance by Kyle Singler--the Duke product shot 5-of-7 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the foul line for 21 points in 27 minutes--the Pistons found themselves on the losing end of a 95-88 decision against the Memphis Grizzlies. The visiting Pistons took the loss despite limiting the hosts to 37.2 percent shooting from the floor. Greg Monroe scored 16 points and tallied 11 rebounds in defeat.

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Last season: Orlando took two of three games against Detroit in the 2013/14 campaign, recording both those wins at Amway Center. On February 5th, the Magic used a 31-17 second quarter to win by a 112-98 final; oddly, the teams tied each of the other three periods. Oladipo starred for Orlando, scoring 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench. Andre Drummond posted a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double for the visitors, while Josh Smith led all scorers with a 25-point effort.

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