Preview: Detroit At Orlando

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Friday, March 24, 2017
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Matchup Edge
DET Edge in: ORL
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A lineup change failed to yield any dramatic improvements for the stumbling Detroit Pistons, who will try to snap out of their funk when they continue a four-game road trip at the Orlando Magic on Friday. The Pistons dropped the first two games on the trip and five of six overall to sink 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference entering Thursday.

Struggling point guard Reggie Jackson was moved to the bench for Wednesday's 117-95 loss at Chicago, but it made little difference for a squad that is now 11-24 on the road. "It starts with me," coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters after the loss. "I'm the person in charge. I selected everybody in that locker room. I decide who plays. I put lineups out there, you know. I decide on defensive coverages. I call plays. So it's all on me. I'm not running from that." The Magic saw their first winning streak of 2017 come to an end at two games when they fell 109-102 to Charlotte at home Wednesday night. Orlando led by as many as six points in the fourth quarter before fading late and falling within one loss of matching last season's total of 47.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit Plus, FSN Florida (Orlando)

ABOUT THE PISTONS (34-38): Ish Smith replaced Jackson for his first start since Dec. 2 and finished with nine points and seven assists, while Jackson had six points and a minus-14 rating in just 20 minutes off the bench. Jackson is shooting 40.6 percent from the floor on the road this season and has been held to single digits in eight of his last nine contests away from home. Center Andre Drummond is averaging 18.5 rebounds over his last four games but has seen his woeful free-throw shooting take an even worse turn in that span, making just five of his 22 attempts.

ABOUT THE MAGIC (26-46): Orlando had a great chance to match its longest winning streak of the season against Charlotte but struggled to make plays and hit shots when it mattered most, a typical outcome for a team headed for its fifth straight season without a playoff berth. "Super frustrating," guard Elfrid Payton told reporters after a 15-point effort. "I definitely feel like we could have won this game. We played well enough for the most part of the game." Terrence Ross led the way with 19 points and he is averaging 16 over his last three outings, which comes on the heels of a four-game stretch in which he averaged 6.8.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Orlando lost seven straight meetings before a 98-92 win at Detroit on Dec. 4.

2. Pistons F Marcus Morris is shooting 31.7 percent - including 4-of-21 from 3-point range - over a five-game span.

3. Magic C Nikola Vucevic has three straight double-doubles and recorded at least 20 points in four of his last seven games.

PREDICTION: Pistons 100, Magic 97

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Detroit 34-38 L2 23-14 11-24 2-0 32-38 5-10 20-24
Orlando 26-46 L1 13-23 13-23 0-3 26-43 7-9 17-26

Last Meeting

Detroit Orlando
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/4/16 ORL 98 DET 92 92 44 44.2 98 39 53.2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DET M. Morris 21 58.3 2
ORL S. Ibaka 21 81.8 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DET K. Caldwell-Pope 10 2 8
ORL N. Vucevic 8 0 8
Assists Player  
DET K. Caldwell-Pope 4
ORL B. Biyombo 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
DET T. Harris 1266 48.7 183
ORL E. Fournier 1106 44.0 204
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
DET A. Drummond 1068 326 742
ORL N. Vucevic 710 166 544
Assists Player  
DET I. Smith 392
ORL E. Payton 455

Quickchart Matchup

Detroit  Off vs  Orlando Def
101.5 Points For
106.5 Points Against
45.1 FG%
46.4 FG%
45.3 Reb
45.3 Reb
Orlando Off vs  Detroit Def
100.2 Points For
102.2 Points Against
43.9 FG%
46.0 FG%
45.3 Reb
42.8 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Detroit Overall Orlando
34-38 W/L 26-46
34-38-0 ATS 28-43-1
33-39-0 O/U 33-39-0
101.5 Pts For 100.2
102.2 Pts Against 106.5
Detroit A/H Orlando
11-24 W/L 13-23
12-23-0 ATS 10-25-1
19-16-0 O/U 15-21-0
99.3 Pts For 98.6
105.7 Pts Against 103.1