Thursday, January 20 2022

Through 3 Quarters

Only one more quarter stands between the Detroit Pistons and the victory they were favored to collect going into this night. They have emerged as the frontrunner and are ahead of the Orlando Magic 82-73.

Detroit has been led by small forward Jerami Grant, who so far has 22 points and five assists along with six rebounds. Grant is close to surpassing his season high of 24.

Small forward Franz Wagner has led the way so far for Orlando, as he has 19 points.

This is the first time the Pistons have been ahead going into the fourth quarter in the past five games.

Who’s Playing

Orlando @ Detroit

Current Records: Orlando 1-5; Detroit 0-4

What to Know

The Orlando Magic might have tired legs after a matchup yesterday as they head on the road against the Detroit Pistons at 7 p.m. ET Oct. 30 at Little Caesars Arena. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this game.

Orlando was just a bucket shy of a win on Friday and fell 110-109 to the Toronto Raptors. One thing holding the Magic back was the mediocre play of small forward Franz Wagner, who did not have his best game: he finished with ten points on 4-for-12 shooting in his 33 minutes on the court.

Meanwhile, Detroit came up short against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, falling 110-102. Shooting guard Saddiq Bey (19 points) was the top scorer for Detroit.

Orlando is expected to lose this next one by 6. Those who got lucky with them against the spread on Friday might want to hold off on placing bets this time since the squad has yet to string together back-to-back wins against the spread.

The losses put Orlando at 1-5 and the Pistons at 0-4. A pair of offensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Magic are stumbling into the contest with the fifth fewest points per game in the league, having accrued only 102.2 on average. Detroits have had an even harder time: they are worst in the league in points per game, with only 94 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Little Caesars Arena — Detroit, Michigan
  • TV: Bally Sports Detroit Plus
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $18.00


The Pistons are a solid 6-point favorite against the Magic, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Pistons as a 5.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Detroit have won ten out of their last 19 games against Orlando.

  • May 03, 2021 – Orlando 119 vs. Detroit 112
  • Feb 23, 2021 – Detroit 105 vs. Orlando 93
  • Feb 21, 2021 – Orlando 105 vs. Detroit 96
  • Feb 12, 2020 – Orlando 116 vs. Detroit 112
  • Nov 25, 2019 – Detroit 103 vs. Orlando 88
  • Mar 28, 2019 – Detroit 115 vs. Orlando 98
  • Jan 16, 2019 – Detroit 120 vs. Orlando 115
  • Dec 30, 2018 – Orlando 109 vs. Detroit 107
  • Nov 07, 2018 – Detroit 103 vs. Orlando 96
  • Mar 02, 2018 – Orlando 115 vs. Detroit 106
  • Dec 28, 2017 – Orlando 102 vs. Detroit 89
  • Dec 17, 2017 – Detroit 114 vs. Orlando 110
  • Apr 12, 2017 – Orlando 113 vs. Detroit 109
  • Mar 24, 2017 – Orlando 115 vs. Detroit 87
  • Dec 04, 2016 – Orlando 98 vs. Detroit 92
  • Oct 28, 2016 – Detroit 108 vs. Orlando 82
  • Apr 06, 2016 – Detroit 108 vs. Orlando 104
  • Mar 23, 2016 – Detroit 118 vs. Orlando 102
  • Jan 04, 2016 – Detroit 115 vs. Orlando 89

Injury Report for Detroit

  • Isaiah Livers: Out (Foot)
  • Chris Smith: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Orlando

  • E’Twaun Moore: Out (Knee)
  • Michael Carter-Williams: Out (Ankle)
  • Jonathan Isaac: Out (Knee)
  • Markelle Fultz: Out (Knee)



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