The DETROIT and the ORLANDO will both be gunning for a victory on 11/7/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
DETROIT PISTONS vs ORLANDO MAGIC
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
|501||DETROIT||1 (-110)||211.5 (-110)||-115
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: ORLANDO , DETROIT
Oddsmakers currently have the ORLANDO listed as 1 point favorites versus the DETROIT, while the game’s total is sitting at 211.5.
The Detroit Pistons just can’t seem to snap out of a slide that has seen them drop five straight after four wins to begin the campaign. The Pistons will hope for better luck when they hit the road to visit the Orlando Magic in the opener of a two-game trip on Wednesday.
Detroit took two of its last three opponents to overtime but could not find a way to make the winning shot, and first-year coach Dwane Casey sees it as part of the learning process. “It is on us to continue to improve, to put ourselves in the playoff hunt, which we are going to be, and get better,” Casey told reporters. “I see improvement, I know it’s not showing in the record, but I do see improvement. I see the little things that we are getting better at, but there are some other things we got to continue to harp on, especially the turnovers and the shot making when the ball does come out.” The Magic come into Wednesday’s meeting with all the momentum after posting back-to-back wins, including a 102-100 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday that ended when Evan Fournier’s jumper splashed through at the buzzer. “It’s huge to build momentum so that we can really believe in ourselves and believe we can beat anyone, because we can,” Fournier said. “But the more we do it, the more we gain confidence. Now, we have two tough games coming up against two tough teams, so it’s going to be another good test for us.”
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, FS Florida (Orlando)
ABOUT THE PISTONS (4-5): Detroit moved Glenn Robinson III into the starting lineup to provide more floor spacing with an extra shooter, and he finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Robinson had the ball in his hands with a chance to give the Pistons the lead late in overtime and star forward Blake Griffin fouled out but came up just short on a 3-point attempt. “I’ll take Glenn Robinson’s look right there at the end to put us up, any time of the day,” Casey told reporters. “You can call 15 timeouts in that situation, I just looked at it, he was wide open, he was 2-for-3 at the time. So, would have, could have, should have, we got our situation now where we have to continue to fight, continue to stay together because that’s what this league is going to be about the rest of this year.”
ABOUT THE MAGIC (4-6): Orlando earned a 117-110 win in San Antonio on Sunday night and wanted to prove something to itself by taking both ends of the back-to-back. “We were conscious that when you’ve won a game like that in San Antonio and losing a game like this (on Monday), it wouldn’t have really meant anything,” Magic swingman Terrence Ross told the team’s website. “(Losing on Monday) would have taken away all of that confidence that we had just gotten. We were just focused on trying to play the right way and we were able to get a win.” Playing the right way included another solid effort from power forward Aaron Gordon, who averaged 24.5 points while going 20-of-35 from the floor in the two victories.
1. Pistons C Andre Drummond collected 25 points and 24 rebounds on Monday – his fourth 20-20 game of the season.
2. Magic PF Jonathan Isaac (ankle) missed the last two games and is day-to-day.
3. Orlando took five of the last six in the series.
PREDICTION: Magic 109, Pistons 105