What They’re Saying: Magic vs. Pistons 1/31

Magic (31-16) vs. Pistons (15-30)
Time/TV: 6 p.m./FSFlorida
Key Matchup: Jameer Nelson (11.9 PPG, 4.7 APG; 12.5 PPG, 7.0 APG vs. Pistons this year) vs. Rodney Stuckey (18.0 PPG, 4.5 APG; 20.0 PPG, 3.0 APG vs. Magic this year)
Season Series: L 85-80 on Nov. 3 in Detroit; W 110-103 on Nov. 6 in Orlando; Tonight in Detroit; Feb. 17 in Orlando

-Dwight Howard (31 points, 19 rebounds) had his way with Atlanta last night as the Magic retook the lead in the Southeast Division.

-Vince Carter continues to struggle as he played fewer minutes than any other starter last night and score just six points on 2-for-7 shooting. Stan Van Gundy says he is not concerned with Carter’s play.

-As Tania Ganguli of The Orlando Sentinel points out, records mean little when the Magic travel to Detroit. But in case you were wondering, Orlando could finish 6-1 in its final seven games with a win tonight and Detroit is on a four-game losing streak.

-Will Bynum, who has missed the last 15 games and is expected to be out tonight as well, is frustrated over his slow recovery from a sprained ankle reports Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

-Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis are rolling offensively as the Magic continued their dominance over the Hawks.

-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post points out that it was not just Howard who dominated in last night’s game against Atlanta. Yes, he did. But also Rashard Lewis, JJ Redick, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson turned in solid games.

-Even though the Pistons are struggling, they still always seem to give the Magic problems. Andrew Melnick of HowardTheDunk analyzes the numbers entering tonight’s game.

-It is hard to believe that any Pistons fan would suggest this (especially from how much they tortured the Magic for so long), but Steve Kays of Life on Dumars writes that Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince no longer fit with the young Pistons team.

-Orlando seems to be a matchup problem for Atlanta, writes John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.

-With first place in the division and a chance for their coach to lead the Eastern Conference All Stars, there was a lot on the line in Orlando last night. The Hawks though could not overcome Dwight Howard and may have lost all of it.

-The two worst free throw shooting teams in the NBA meet Sunday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

-Hoopinion points out that Orlando is +67 against Atlanta this season. The Hawks are +293 against everyone else in the league. Powerful numbers.

-Ben Q Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post reminds everyone that the Magic tend to struggle against quick scoring guards like the Pistons have.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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