The Orlando Magic begin a stretch of three road games in four days on Friday, traveling to the Palace of Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons on Friday, taking on the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, and doing battle with the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Monday.
The Pistons (1-8) earned their first win of the season with a 94-76 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, but they still own the NBA’s second-worst record, ahead of just the 0-7 Washington Wizards. Greg Monroe is averaging nearly a double-double for Detroit at 15.8 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds per game, while Tayshaun Prince (12.1 PPG) and Brandon Knight (11.4 PPG) are also scoring in double figures.
Toronto (2-6) faces the Boston Celtics on Saturday before hosting the Magic on Sunday. The Raptors are led by DeMar DeRozan’s 20.0 PPG, with Kyle Lowry (18.3 PPG), Andrew Bargnani (16.3 PPG), Jose Calderon (11.3 PPG), and Linas Kleiza (10.0 PPG) also averaging at least 10 PPG.
Following a Friday matchup with the Sacramento Kings, the Hawks (3-4) welcome Orlando to town on Monday. Josh Smith (15.0 PPG and 8.3 RPG) and Al Horford (14.8 PPG and 8.7 RPG) are sniffing double doubles, while Jeff Teague (13.6 PPG) and Louis Williams (13.1 PPG) are also averaging double digits in points.
Orlando (2-5) has lost five games in a row after winning its first two contests, but the Magic will look to get back on track against three sub-.500 teams. Arron Afflalo is pacing the Magic at 16.1 PPG, while Glen Davis is averaging 15.4 PPG. J.J. Redick (14.7 PPG), E’Twaun Moore (13.3 PPG), and Nikola Vucevic (11.1 PPG) are also scoring in double figures. Vucevic is pulling down 8.4 RPG while Davis is collecting 7.6 RPG.
All three games will be televised on FS Florida, with Friday’s game set to begin at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s contest is slated to start at 1:00 pm while Monday’s game is scheduled for a 7:30 pm tip-off.
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