Both squads are candidates to get the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. With that said, Orlando (20-44) and Detroit (19-45) have not been playing as loser teams. In fact, they give their best each and every game just to fall short most of the time.
The Magic has won 2 of their last 3, while the Pistons have won just once in 6 games.
Magic vs Pistons: Match Details
- Fixture – Magic vs Pistons | 2021 NBA Season
- Date and Time – Monday, May 3rd, 7:00 PM ET
- Venue – Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Magic vs Pistons: Orlando Preview
The Magic’s 112-111 victory over the Grizzlies on Saturday definitely boosted the team’s morality. Rookie guard Cole Anthony managed to score the game-winning 3 and finished with a career-high 26 points. Moritz Wagner also finished the game with a season-high 24 points for Orlando.
The Magic have 8 games to play on their current schedule. This includes Monday’s face-to-face with the Pistons. Orlando has the 2nd-worst offensive rating in the NBA. And it will be cool for fans to check out if they’re able to add some points on the board early after such an outstanding victory over Memphis.
Magic vs Pistons: Orlando’s Key Player – Cole Anthony
Last Saturday, Cole Anthony was able to outplay 2020 Rookie of the Year, Ja Morant, in a battle between some of the top talented young point guards in the league.
The Magic rookie was phenomenal in the game, showing zero fear versus the full Memphis Grizzlies squad.
He not only scored 26 points but also added 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals for the matchup. He’s Orlando’s catalyst as well as their energy source – the player who gets the full team ready to play to win.
Pistons’ Killian Hayes will be paired up with Cole on Monday night. And the two freshmen’s goal will definitely be to outplay each other from minute one.
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Magic vs Pistons: Orlando’s Predicted Lineup
- PG – Cole Anthony
- SG – Gary Harris
- SF – Dwayne Bacon
- PF – Wendell Carter Jr.
- Center – Mortiz Wagner
Magic vs Pistons: Detroit Preview
The Pistons are looking forward to giving their young talent a chance to grow. They want to see which of these youngsters are part of Detroit’s pro basketball future.
Right now, the Piston’s main goal is to get a top draft pick. And with that in mind, Detroit has chosen to sit out most of their vets and top players. This includes the likes of Mason Plumlee, Cory Joseph, and Jerami Grant.
Their game will be commanded by rookies Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, and Josh Jackson.
Magic vs Pistons: Detroit’s Key Player – Isaiah Stewart
Isaiah Stewart has not shown consistency in the past few games. He finished with a nine-point, two-rebound performance in a 107-94 defeat to the Hornets on Saturday.
With that said, Stewart has more than a few double-digit scoring games, including a career-high twenty points and ten rebounds versus the Mavericks on Thursday.
Indeed, this guy is considered a diamond-in-the-rough that can have a great career in the NBA.
Magic vs Pistons: Detroit’s Predicted Lineup
- Point Guard – Killian Hayes
- Shooting Guard – Josh Jackson
- Small Forward – Sekou Doumbouya
- Power Forward – Saddiq Bey
- Center – Isaiah Stewart
Magic vs Pistons Game Prediction
The front offices for both teams want them to lose to get the best possible draft pick. But, the two franchises are really competitive, and the young players on the court will give their best to get the victory.
With that out of the way, Orlando has the upper hand over the Pistons as their basketball has been pretty good for the past few weeks.
But Detroit’s Stewart and Bey can also take over the Magic vs Pistons game defensively and offensively.
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