The Detroit Pistons will try to end a four game slide Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills where they will take on the Orlando Magic. They will have a good shot to end their losing streak against a Magic team that has only won two of their past 15 games.
The Pistons will look to exploit the Magic down low where Orlando will be without promising young center Nicola Vucevic. Vucevic will miss his 13th straight game, and the Magic have been pretty thin down low without him. Since Vucevic has gone down the Magic have had to turn to a smaller lineup featuring the smaller Glen Davis at center. The Pistons will have a huge rebounding advantage with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. The young tandem should be able to dominate the smaller Magic in the painted area. The two are averaging just over 21 rebounds per game and they should be able to improve on that tonight. Throw in the crazy athleticism of Josh Smith at the small forward position, and it would be very shocking if the Pistons didn’t dominate the glass in this game.
The game will be more evenly matched in the backcourt where veterans Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson will match up with Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey. Jennings is leading the Pistons in scoring at 17 points per game, and Afflalo leads the Magic at just over 20 per game. Where the Magic may have an edge is their third backcourt running mate who is starting to take off, Victor Oladipo. The rookie from Indiana is averaging just under 14 points per contest, and his play is really starting to get better of late. The Magic’s best chance to win will be to get all three of their backcourt studs rolling, because more than likely the Pistons will have their way in the paint.
One thing is for certain, there will be scoring. Both teams like to get out and run on their opponents, and neither team scores the ball at an amazing rate, but points will be scored due to a lack of defense. Both teams come in allowing over 102 points a game which ranks in the bottom third in the league. It should be an entertaining game where both teams score pretty easily.
The Pistons will need to capitalize on their huge rebounding advantage, and get timely stops if they want to end their losing streak at home against the Magic.
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