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Game 35: Magic vs. Pistons GameThread

The Magic secured a much-needed victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday. Can they follow it up against the Detroit Pistons?

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic upended the East-leading Toronto Raptors on Friday night in dramatic fashion, 116-87, to get back into the win column after four clunkers suffered to the Spurs, Bulls, Heat and Suns.

The Detroit Pistons have lost three of four, including a three-point loss to the Hawks, and a 37 point shellacking at the hands of the Indiana Pacers.

Can the Magic simultaneously capitalize off of their impressive performance, all while adding to their playoff odds by taking one off of the eighth-seeded Pistons?

Detroit Orlando
Pace: 99.5 (14th) Pace: 97.1 (26th)
ORtg: 106.6 (25th) ORtg: 105.8 (27th)
DRtg: 108.4 (11th) DRtg: 109.5 (13th)
Projected Starters:
Detroit Orlando
PG - Reggie Jackson PG - D.J. Augustin
SG - Reggie Bullock SG - Evan Fournier
SF - Bruce Brown F - Jonathan Isaac
F - Blake Griffin PF - Aaron Gordon
C - Andre Drummond C - Nikola Vucevic

Injuries: Orlando: none, Detroit: Ish Smith (out, groin), Henry Ellenson (out, ankle)

Troy Caupain and Amile Jefferson have been transferred and will be with the team today.

For an in-depth preview check out Mike Cali’s work here. Also, you can find our friend’s observations at Detroit Bad Boys, here.

Who: Detroit Pistons (16-17) at Orlando Magic (15-19)

When: Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Amway Center - Orlando, Florida

TV: Fox Sports Florida, NBA League Pass

Line: Magic -2, Over/Under 204