Despite not having forward Rashard Lewis to start the season while he serves a 10-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy, Orlando is off to a 3-0 start and looking to remain perfect Tuesday night in Detroit against the Pistons. The Magic should have guard Vince Carter for tonight's game, assuming his tender ankle holds up in this morning's pregame shootaround at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Orlando Magic puts an unblemished 3-0 record – both straight up and against the spread - on the line Tuesday night when they travel to Detroit for a matchup with a Pistons team that defeated them in all three meetings last season.
The Magic conclude a three-game road trip with this contest before embarking on a brief two-game homestand. However, the squad is less than 100 percent healthy.
There was not an overnight line available on this matchup because both teams have significat injuries. Orlando forward Vince Carter (ankle) is listed as probable, while and guard Mickael Pietrus (flu) is doubtful. Forward Rashard Lewis (suspension) and center Adonal Foyle (knee) are both out. Detroit starting shooting guard Richard Hamilton is scheduled to miss his third straight game with a sprained ankle.
Orlando outlasted Toronto on Monday night as a 5 ½-point road ‘chalk,’ 125-116. The combined 241 points soared ‘over’ the 200-point closing total, leaving the ‘over’ 2-1 during the Magic’s first three games.
Orlando prevailed by sinking 17 shots from beyond the 3-point arch, shooting a robust 53 percent (17-of-32) from behind the arc. Point guard Jameer Nelson paced the offense with 30 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point land, while center Dwight Howard added 24 and 11 rebounds.
The Magic went a solid 32-21 SU and 32-20 ATS last season on the road, winning those affairs by an average score of 100-97.
Detroit has this lone home contest sandwiched in between three road games. The Pistons are currently mired in a two-game SU and ATS losing skid after Saturday’s 96-85 setback to Milwaukee as a 2 ½-point road underdog. The combined 181 points failed to eclipse the 184-point closing total, helping the ‘under’ improve to 3-0 in Detroit’s first three affairs.
Detroit entered halftime with an 11-point advantage (49-38), but the Bucks dominated the third quarter (36-14) to prevail. The Pistons finished the contest by shooting 44 percent (31-of-70) from the field, while also getting out-rebounded (45-37).
Shooting guard Ben Gordon scored 26 points in the loss on 8-of-15 shooting, while center Ben Wallace added eight points and 10 rebounds. Forwards Tayshaun Prince and Charlie Villanueva each scored 12 points in the loss, while point guard Rodney Stuckey contributed 13 markers and eight assists.
Detroit was a modest 21-22 SU and 13-30 ATS at home last season, with the average score of those games being 94-94.
The Pistons have dominated Orlando in this head-to-head series recently, going 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS the previous five meetings. This marks the first matchup this season, but the two teams will meet again November 6 in Orlando. The ‘under’ is 4-1 the last five games between these teams. As of press, betting odds had yet to be released offshore.