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Game 44: Magic vs. Pistons GameThread

A match-up between two teams looking to inch closer to the eighth and final playoff spot

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Orlando Magic (19-24) at Detroit Pistons (18-24)

When: Wednesday, January 16th, 7:00 p.m. EST

Where: Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, Michigan

TV: Fox Sports Florida, NBA League Pass

Line: Pistons -3.5, Over/Under 206.5

Injuries: Detroit - Henry Ellenson (out), Zaza Pachulia (out) ; Orlando - Mo Bamba (doubtful), Timofey Mozgov (out)

Storyline: The Magic, coming off season-saving comeback wins over the Celtics and Rockets, square off against a Pistons team that sits a half-game behind them in the race for the Eastern Conference’s eighth playoff spot.

Detroit Orlando
Pace: 98.7 (20th) Pace: 97.2 (26th)
ORtg: 106.7 (24th) ORtg: 105.8 (26th)
DRtg: 109.5 (12th) DRtg: 109.7 (14th)
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

Read our in-depth preview of Wednesday’s Magic/Pistons game here.

For some pregame reading material, check out Garrett Townsend’s OPP Mailbag and his story on Khem Birch deserving more playing time.

For some perspective from the other side, visit our friends at the Pistons community Detroit Bad Boys.

And as always, join the conversation below....