Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

Viewing info: TV: Sun Sports Radio: AM 580 WDBO Spanish Radio: AM 1030 WONQ Previous meetings this season: Pistons 88, Magic 82, Dec. 29 Pistons 93, Magic 85, Feb. 27 Initial thoughts: Coming into the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 27 the Pistons had lost eight straight games and looked like they might be heading toward a major meltdown. Then came the injury to Allen Iverson, just in time for the Pistons to circle the wagons before knocking off the Magic. That led to panic among Magic fans, who were finally hoping the Magic could exercise their Detroit demons. Now, after winning in Boston on Sunday, the Magic have a golden opportunity to help their confidence moving forward. A win over Boston and Detroit on back-to-back days would sure help the Magic with their confidence moving forward. Of course they still face each of the teams once more this season, so win or lose, let’s try not to put too much stock into tonight’s match-up. Key Figures: 21-of-26: That’s how many games the Pistons have taken from the Magic over the last few years. While we all know the Pistons have had the Magic’s number, that’s still a pretty startling statistic. 31 points, 6 assists: Richard Hamilton’s stat line from the Pistons 93-85 victory over the Magic on Feb. 27. Scoring two-guards have killed the Magic over the past month, and if Mickael Pietrus can slow down Hamilton tonight, he might just earn his starting job back. 6 minutes 45 seconds: The amount of playing time Marcin Gortat got in the last match-up. With the way he’s been playing lately, Gortat is sure to see more action tonight. Gortat’s physical precense will be needed against Rasheed Wallace and Antiono McDyess, who combined for 23 rebounds in the Feb. 27 game. No. 3 and No. 6: That’s where the two teams currently sit in the Eastern Conference Standings, meaning if the playoffs were to start today, this would be the first round match-up. Game Notes (Courtesy of the Magic): ** Orlando is 30-44 all-ti m e vs. Detroit (20-17 at ho m e, 10-27 on the road) during regular season action, including 0-2 this season. **Orlando is 7-12 vs. Detroit in the playoffs (2-0 at ho m e, 1-0 on the road, 1996 first round; 2-1 at home, 1-3 on the road, 2003 first round; 0-2 at home, 0-2 on the road, 2007 first round; 1-1 at ho m e, 0-3 on the road, 2008 Conference Semifinals). ** Orlando has lost 18 of the last 23 regular season m eetings with the Pistons overall. **The Magic have lost nine of the last 13 matchups at home and dropped eight of the last nine at Detroit . **Assistant GM Dave Twardzik served as an assistant coach for the Pistons in 2000-01. **Assistant Coach Brendan Malone served on the Pistons’ bench for seven seasons fro m 1988-95 and helped the m capture back-to-back NBA Cha m pionships in 1989 and 1990. Highlights from the Pistons win on Feb. 27 at Amway Arena:

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