Magic vs. Pistons: How To Watch, Injury Report, Lineups, More

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The 2022-23 NBA regular season is underway and the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons face off on Wednesday.

Both the Magic and Pistons have been rebuilding over the last few NBA seasons. They added intriguing prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft over the offseason. Paolo Banchero went No. 1 overall and joins a core that includes Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter Jr. As for the Pistons; they brought in Jaden Ivey to pair him with Cade Cunningham in the backcourt using the No. 5 overall pick.

The Magic largely kept their team intact in the offseason outside of using the NBA Draft. The focus remains on developing the young prospects they already have. The Pistons, on the other hand, made a win-now trade to acquire Bojan Bogdanovic from the Utah Jazz to bolster their wing rotation.

How to Watch Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons

Date: Wednesday, October 19

Time: 7:00 PM ET

Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI.

TV Channel: Bally Sports Detroit (Pistons), Bally Sports Florida (Magic)

Injury Report for Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons

Orlando Magic Injury Report: Markelle Fultz – Out (Left Big Toe Fracture), Gary Harris – Out (Left Knee Injury Recovery), Jonathan Isaac – Out (Left Knee Injury Recovery), Moritz Wagner – Out (Right Midfoot Sprain)

Detroit Pistons Injury Report: Marvin Bagley III – Out (Right Knee Sprain), Alec Burks – Out (Left Navicular Fracture), Isaiah Livers – Out (Right Hip Soreness)

Projected Starting Lineups for Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons

Orlando Magic Projected Starting Lineup: G Cole Anthony, G Terrence Ross, F Franz Wagner, F Paolo Banchero, C Wendell Carter Jr.

Detroit Pistons Projected Starting Lineup: G Jaden Ivey, G Cade Cunningham, F Saddiq Bey, F Bojan Bogdanovic, C Isaiah Stewart

Betting Odds for Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons

Pistons vs. Magic spread: Magic -2

Pistons vs. Magic over-under: 219 points

Pistons vs. Magic money line: Magic -130, Pistons +110

Given the injury to Marvin Bagley III, the Pistons will utilize more spread lineups. If their young backcourt stars, Jaden Ivey and Cade Cunningham, prove ready to make an immediate impact, the potential for big scoring totals is there. The nature of this play style is rather simple, too, so it may not take long to produce at a high level.

The Magic have talent that can fill it up, too. Paolo Banchero was often regarded as the most capable of this year’s top prospects of making an instant impact. Alongside rising star Franz Wagner, there is significant potential for Orlando. Cole Anthony cannot be overlooked, either. He can fill it up and could take a step forward this season.

Neither the Pistons nor Magic deploys great options to handle guarding the opposition’s top threats. The approach that both teams to deploy could offer an intriguing insight into how their base strategies will translate to game action.

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