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The eighth-seeded Magic have a chance to move ahead of the seventh-seeded Pistons

NBA: Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Orlando Magic (37-38) at Detroit Pistons (37-37)

When: Thursday at 7 p.m. EST

Where: Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, Michigan

TV: Fox Sports Florida alternate channel, check your local listings

Line: Pistons -3.5, Over/Under 206

Storyline: The seventh-seeded Pistons, losers of four of their last five, sit a half-game ahead of the Magic, winners of six straight. Orlando is looking to even the season series at 2-2 to keep their tiebreaker hopes alive.

Injuries: Orlando - Mo Bamba (out), Markelle Fulktz (out), Isaiah Briscoe (out); Detroit - None.

PROJECTED STARTERS:

Orlando: D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic

Detroit: Reggie Jackson, Bruce Brown, Wayne Ellington, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond

For an in-depth preview of this crucial Magic/Pistons game, click here.

For some pregame reading material, check our Garrett Townsend’s breakdown of the Magic’s battle for the eighth spot; Aaron Goldstone’s list of 16 prospects to watch in the Sweet 16; Zach Oliver’s feature on Wes Iwundu coming into his own; and my story on the Magic now having a top-five defense.

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

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