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Tracy McGrady and Detroit Pistons visit Orlando Magic

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic

Date: Nov. 30, 2010

Time: 7 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 6-11

Magic: 12-4

Probable starters

Pistons:

Magic:

  • Jameer Nelson
  • Vince Carter
  • Quentin Richardson
  • Rashard Lewis
  • Dwight Howard

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons +11

Over/under: 192.5

Score: Magic win, 101.75-90.75

Three things to watch

1. Tracy McGrady faces old team

Tracy McGrady played the best game of his season against the Knicks on Sunday. Was there extra motivation for him going against a former team? If so, hopefully that manifests again tonight.

2. Will John Kuester change the starting lineup?

Jason Maxiell does not matchup well with Rashard Lewis. I repeat: Jason Maxiell does not matchup well with Rashard Lewis. One more time in case you missed it: Jason Maxiell does not matchup well with Rashard Lewis.

Kuester initially said Maxiell was starting because of matchups. If he starts tonight, it’s because Kuester believes he’s better right now than Austin Daye. There’s no other way to spin it.

I hope Daye or Charlie Villanueva gets the nod. Maxiell, even with his smaller size, would probably be the Pistons’ best match off the bench for Dwight Howard.

3. Magic with the Magic

For years, the Pistons owned the Magic. Detroit had enough savvy big men to defend Dwight Howard one-on-one and still limit his effectiveness. That allowed the Pistons to have a huge upper hand at the other four positions.

As well as the Pistons matched up, they also seemed to have things fall their way against Orlando.

Is there any good karma left? I doubt it. Detroit no longer has the bigs to contain Howard, and luck hasn’t been on the Pistons’ side lately, either.

Pregame Reading

4 Comments

  • Nov 30, 20107:15 pm
    by Laser

    Reply

    1) hey, not to complain because you do a lot here and run a good site, but i’d love to see these previews up a little early if you’re going to post them at all. that way we can get the juices flowing before the game. just a thought.
     
    2) smart money says max platoons with body tonight, like he should be doing every night. then again, “smart” hasn’t described anything relating to this team for a very long time.
     
    3) and obviously these aren’t meant to correspond to your numbered points, but i hope villa starts. it’s time, he’s got a good matchup. i mean, if daye’s not good enough to play some nights, why is he starting over a superior option at PF? i mean, charlie plays no matter what, and he’s surely earned the spot. best option by a mile.
     
    this should sure be one exciting game. a real barn burner!

  • Nov 30, 20107:16 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

    Reply

    Maxiell is starting. That answers that.

  • Nov 30, 20107:33 pm
    by Laser

    Reply

    o god. i just saw that. i hate this team so much. how long are people going to keep wasting their time being piston apologists?

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